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Sociology of Planning and ArchitectureChristy Kulz

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Biographical sketch

After growing up in the United States, I moved to the UK in 1999 to complete my undergraduate degree. I worked as a performer, journalist and teacher before returning to university. I completed my PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2014. Following this, I worked at the Open University as a research assistant and for a London grassroots charity as a researcher. In 2015 I was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Cambridge where I worked from 2016-2019. My research monograph, Factories for Learning, was published in 2017 by Manchester University Press. It received the Society for Educational Studies Book Prize 2018 and is currently being translated into Japanese. I have also been a visiting scholar at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the University of Copenhagen

Research interests

migration, urban space, neoliberalism, education, race, class, gender, inequality

Academic Career
Since September 2019
IPODI Fellow, Sociology Department, TU-Berlin. Project New Borders. 

May 2016-August 2019 
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
March 2013-March 2014
Research Associate. Department of Social Policy and Criminology, Open University. 
October 2013-May 2015
Associate Lecturer. Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
March 2014
PhD. ‘Structure Liberates?’: making compliant, consumable bodies in a neoliberal academy. Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London. 
MA Social Research. Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
BA. Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
(2017Kulz, C. Factories for Learning: making race, class and inequality in the neoliberal academy, Manchester: Manchester University Press. 

(forthcoming 2020) Kulz, C., McGinity, R., and Morrin, K., eds. Inside the English Education Lab: Critical Ethnographic Perspectives on the Academies Experiment, Manchester: Manchester University Press. 
Peer-reviewed Articles
(forthcoming, 2020) Kulz, C. ‘Everyday erosions: neoliberal political rationality, democratic decline and the Multi-Academy Trust’ (submitted to Journal of Education Policy, currently in review).
(2018) Kulz, C. ‘Mapping folk devils old and new through permanent exclusion from London schools’, Race, Ethnicity and Education, DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2018.1497961.
(2015) ‘Heroic heads, mobility mythologies and the power of ambiguity’, in British Journal of Sociology of Education. DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2015.1044071 
(2014) “'Structure Liberates?': Mixing for mobility and the cultural transformation of 'urban children' 
Book Chapter
(2015) Kulz, C. “'Structure Liberates?': Mixing for mobility and the cultural transformation of 'urban children' in a London Academy” in James, Malcolm, Helen Kim and Victoria Redclift eds. New racial landscapes, contemporary Britain and the neoliberal conjuncture. London: Routledge. 
Research reports/ media
(2015) Kulz, C. Mapping the Exclusion Process: Inequality, Justice and the Business of Education, (London, Communities Empowerment Network). 
(2014) Kulz, C. and Rashid, N. Education and the Prevent Agenda: Myth-making and the Limits of Freedom, Discover Societywww.discoversociety.org/2014/08/05/education-and-the-prevent-agenda-mythmaking-and-the-limits-of-freedom/
(2014) Kulz, C. Academies and the neoliberal project: the lessons and costs of the conveyor belt, Open Democracywww.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/christy-kulz/academies-and-neoliberal-project-lessons-and-costs-of-conveyor-belt
(2014) Kulz, C. ‘4,000 down, 20,000 to go’ – the academies drive gathers pace, The Conversationtheconversation.com/4-000-down-20-000-to-go-the-academies-drive-gathers-pace-26028
(2011) Kulz, C. 'New Directions, New Voices: Emerging Research on Race and Ethnicity,’ Runnymede Trust publication. 


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