Wendy Luttrell has recently been appointed Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education, and comes to the Graduate Center from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she held the Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Chair in Human Development and Education. She is a leading authority on how urban American schooling shapes and reinforces beliefs about gender, race, class, identity, knowledge, and power. Her research focuses on how systems of inequality get internalized, especially by learners who have been marginalized, excluded or stigmatized. Luttrell has designed innovative visual method that offer research participants an active role in representing their worlds, as they understand them, and that illuminate complex social, cultural and psychological processes.
Dr. Luttrell is the author of two award winning books, School-smart and Mother-wise: Working-Class Women’s Identity and Schooling (1997), and Pregnant Bodies, Fertile Minds: Gender, Race and the Schooling of Pregnant Teens (2003). She is the editor the newly released volume Qualitative Educational Research: Readings on Reflexive Methodology and Transformative Practice (2009). Her current project, Children Framing Childhoods, follows thirty-four diverse, low-income (mostly immigrant) children from elementary school to high school and identifies the role that gender, race and immigrant status play in how they portray their social and emotional worlds. Dr. Lutrrell has been awarded numerous fellowships including the American Council of Learned Societies, Rockefeller Foundation, Spencer Foundation and a Marie Curie Fellowship Award of the World Egalitarian Initiative, University College Dublin.