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Kristen Buras

Associate Professor    Social Foundations Doctoral Program Coordinator    

Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
M.A. in curriculum and instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
B.A. in sociology and psychology, Loyola University-New Orleans, 1993


Critical race theory, critical theory, cultural studies, educational policy and reform in urban contexts, history curriculum, educational movements and education in the U.S. south and global south


Kristen Buras is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She was a Wisconsin-Spencer Fellow and received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is co-author of Pedagogy, Policy and the Privatized City: Stories of Dispossession and Defiance from New Orleans (2010), which received recognition for its outstanding contribution to the field from the Curriculum Studies Division of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

She is also the author of Rightist Multiculturalism: Core Lessons on Neoconservative School Reform (2008) and co-editor of The Subaltern Speak: Curriculum, Power and Educational Struggles (2006).

Her work has been published in Harvard Educational Review, Educational Policy, Race Ethnicity and Education, Comparative Education, Berkeley Review of Education, and in numerous edited books. Her forthcoming book is entitled Charter Schools, Race and Urban Space: Where the Market Meets Grassroots Resistance (2014).

Buras has spent the past decade researching school reform in New Orleans, including charter schools and alternative teacher recruitment. She is the co-founder and director of Urban South Grassroots Research Collective for Public Education (USGRC) and was granted the Distinguished Scholar-Activist Award by Critical Educators for Social Justice of AERA. She is also past associate editor for the Journal of Education Policy and a current editorial board member.


Buras, K. L. (2014). Charter schools, race, and urban space: Where the market meets grassroots resistance. New York: Routledge.

Buras, K. L., Randels, J., Salaam, K. Y., & Students at the Center. (2010). Pedagogy, policy, and the privatized city: Stories of dispossession and defiance from New Orleans. New York: Teachers College Press.

Buras, K. L. (2008). Rightist multiculturalism: Core lessons on neoconservative school reform. New York: Routledge.

Apple, M. W., & Buras, K. L. (Eds.). (2006). The subaltern speak: Curriculum, power, and educational struggles. New York: Routledge.