Kathy Hytten

Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) Department

Kathy Hytten

Email: kahytten@uncg.edu
Office: 348 SOE Building

Research Interest

  • Philosophy and sociology of education
  • Social justice
  • Diversity
  • Democracy
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Globalization


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University


In her research, Dr. Hytten draws from the fields of philosophy of education, cultural studies, critical social theory, and education for social justice.  She seeks to develop connections between their theoretical insights and the democratic promise of education, with the goal of uncovering systematic inequities and creating alternative, more empowering educational and social practices.  She is a Past-President of the American Educational Studies Association and the Philosophy of Education Society.  

Link to Dr. Hytten’s CV


Hytten, K. & Stemhagen, K. (2021).  Democratic Theory’s Evasion of Race.  Educational Theory, 71.

Hytten, K. & Stemhagen, K. (2020).  When STEM and STEAM Really Mean ABC: A Democratic Critique of “Anything but Civics” Schools.  Educational Studies, 56 (1), 18-36.

Hytten, K. (2020).  Presidential Address.  To Be of Use:  Resisting Entrepreneurial Subjectivity.  Philosophy of Education:  2019 (pp. 1-20).  Urbana, IL:  Philosophy of Education Society, University of Illinois.

Hytten, K. (2019).  Cultivating Democratic Hope in Dark Times:  Strategies for Action.  Education and Culture, 35 (1), 3-28.

Hytten, K. (2019).  Ethical Scholarship and Information Overload:  On the Virtue of Slowing Down.  Philosophy of Education:  2017 (pp. 149-161).  Urbana, IL:  Philosophy of Education Society, University of Illinois.

Hytten, K. (2018).  On Building Islands of Decency.  Educational Studies, 54 (1), 99-108.

Hytten, K. (2017). Democracy and Education in the United States. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford University Press USA. Available at: education.oxfordre.com

Hytten, K. (2017). Multiculturalism in Education. In Warnick, B.R. & Stone, L. (Eds.), McMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks Philosophy: Education (pp. 121-139). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning.

Hytten, K. (2016). Globalization, Democracy, and Social Movements: The Educational Potential of Activism. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48 (10), 981-996.

Hytten, K. (2015). Ethics in Teaching for Democracy and Social Justice. Democracy and Education, 23 (2), 1-10.

Hytten, K. (2015). Teaching as and for Activism: Challenges and Possibilities. Philosophy of Education: 2014. Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, University of Illinois.

Bettez, S. C. & Hytten, K. (2013). Community Building in Social Justice Work: A Critical Approach. Educational Studies, 49 (1), 45-66.

Hytten, K. (2011). Cultural Studies in Education. In S. Tozer, B.P. Gallegos, A.M. Henry, M. B. Grenier & P.G. Price (Eds.), Handbook of Research in the Social Foundations of Education (pp. 205-219). New York: Routledge.

Hytten, K. & Bettez, S. C. (2011). Understanding Education for Social Justice. Educational Foundations, 25 (1-2), 7-24.

Hytten, K. (2010). Presidential Address: Cultivating Hope and Building Community: Reflections on Social Justice Activism in Educational Studies. Educational Studies, 46 (2), 151-167.

Hytten, K. (2009). Deweyan Democracy in a Globalized World. Educational Theory, 59 (4), 395-408.

Hytten, K. (2009). Globalization and Education. In E.F. Provenzo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (pp. 375-382). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Hytten, K. (2006). Education for Social Justice: Provocations and Challenges. Educational Theory, 56 (2), 221-236.

Hytten, K. & Warren, J. (2003). Engaging Whiteness: How Racial Power Gets Reified in Education. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 16 (1), 65-89.

Hytten, K. & Adkins, A. (2001). Thinking Through A Pedagogy Of Whiteness. Educational Theory, 51 (4), 433-450.