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Kitty Kelly Epstein
Kitty Kelly Epstein, PhD
Doctoral Faculty, School of Educational Leadership & Change
Oakland, CA

PhD, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1988
MA, International Relations, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 1979
BA, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 1969

Areas of Instruction:

  • Action Oriented Research
  • Leadership & Change
  • Structural Inequality and Diversity

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Research and action on the racial wealth gap
  • Resident engagement in urban policy
  • The history and impact of norm-referenced standardized testing
  • Autoethnography and participatory action research
  • Critical race theory and emancipatory pedagogy
  • Social Justice movements
  • Diversifying the K-12 teaching force and higher education faculty
  • International comparative education
  • Teaching methodology

Professional Memberships:

  • Board of Directors, Oakland Fund for Children and Youth
  • Board of Directors, Governance Board, Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy 

Honors and Awards:

  • Marilyn Gittell Scholar Activist Award (2013), Urban Affairs Association and Sage Publications
  • Selected as one of six "Powerful Women of the Bay Area" (2012), Coalition of San Francisco Bay Area Women's Organizations
  • Community Leadership Award, John George Democratic Club
  • Community Leadership Award - Pueblo
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of California, Berkeley


  • Epstein, K.K. (2012). Organizing to Change a City, New York: Peter Lang.
  • Epstein, K.K. (2012). A Different view of Urban Schools: Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, and Unexplored Realities, New York: Peter Lang.
  • Epstein, K.K. (2008). Going Beyond the Classroom: Activism as Racial and Cultural Competence. Chapter in Teel, K. and Obidah, J. Racial and Cultural Competence in the Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Epstein, K.K. (1993). Case studies in dropping out and dropping back in. Journal of Education, Boston University. 
  • Epstein, K.K., & Ellis, W.F. (1992). Getting the story straight. Phi Betta Kappan. 
  • Epstein, K.K., & Ellis, W.F. (1992). Oakland moves to create its own multicultural curriculum. Phi Delta Kappan. 
  • Epstein, K.K. (1983). Teaching a 16 year old to read. Journal of reading. 
  • Epstein, K.K. (1991). Case studies in dropping out and the impact on teacher education.


  • National Association for Multicultural Education Teacher Diversity Institute, 2012, DeKalb, Illinois
  • Teaching Strategies for Faculty Effectiveness, 2012, Unity University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • National Association for Alternative Certification, Chicago, IL, 2011
  • Multicultural Education Conference, Hangzhou, China, 2007
  • Teacher Education Workshop for Nicaraguan Teachers, 2006
  • Teacher Education Workshop for South African Teachers, 2005

Professional Experience:

  •  Faculty, School of Educational Leadership and Change, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA



Other Professional Activities:

  • Educational Consultant, Children's Hospital Oakland Multicultural Curriculum Project, Oakland, CA 
  • Instructor and Consultant, Partnership Program for Credentialing, California State University, Hayward, CA
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