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Judith Kafka
Position: Professor of educational policy and history of education in the School of Public Affairs
Campus Affiliation: Baruch College|CUNY Graduate Center
Phone: (646) 660-6838
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., The University of California at Berkeley
Research Interests: History of Education, Educational Policy, Politics of Education
JUDITH KAFKA uses a historical lens to examine the social, political, and institutional forces that shape American schooling. Her research focuses on urban education from the postwar era through today, and she is particularly interested in the ways in which public education serves to both interrupt and reinforce social and economic inequalities in America. Her book The History of “Zero Tolerance” in American Public Schooling will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in December 2011. Professor Kafka’s work has appeared in History of Education Quarterly, American Journal of Education, and Teachers College Record. She is currently conducting research on the role of school principals in the context of court-ordered school desegregation. She received her PhD and Masters degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and before pursuing her graduate studies was a middle school teacher for three years