Kathryn Anderson-Levitt
Moore Hall 2005A
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90095-1521

Kathryn Anderson-Levitt

Adjunct Professor


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Department of Anthropology, 1982.
  • B.A., University of Southern California: social science with an emphasis in international relations, 1974.

Teaching & Research Interests

XIII Simposio Interamericano de Investigación Etnográfica de la Educación/ 13th Inter-American Symposium on Ethnography and Education

  • Educational reform in global context
  • Schoolteachers’ cultures for teaching
  • Gender and schooling in West Africa
  • Urban France
  • Cultural models of mental retardation

Select Publications

La forme scolaire mondiale comme niche de développement [The Global Model of Schooling as Developmental Niche]. In Yves Lenoir and Frédéric Tupin, Eds., Les pratiques enseignantes entre instruire et socialiser. Regards internationaux. [Teaching Practices as Instruction and Socialization: International Perspectives]. Quebec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2012.

2012  Complicating the Concept of Culture, Comparative Education. 48 (4): 441-45.. link

Commentary. Translating as Nudging Teachers toward “Best Practice.” ZDM Mathematics Education 42 (3-4): 445-448, 2012. link

Education. In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies, Heather Montgomery, Editor.  New York: Oxford University Press. Launched March 27, 2012. Education in OBO Childhood Studies

Webinar “Ethnography and Globalization” organized by Noah Sobe at Loyola Chicago, co-presented with Stephen Carney and Susan L. Robertson of Bristol, January 31, 2012. Video and powerpoints are viewable at http://blogs.luc.edu/cce/webinar/ .

Anthropologies of Education:  A Global Guide to Ethnographic Studies of Learning and Schooling, edited volume. New York: Berghahn Books, 2011. Coming out in paperback March 2013.

World Anthropologies of Education. In A Companion to the Anthropology of Education, Bradley Levinson and Mica Pollack, Eds, pp. 11-24. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Ethnography.  In Greg Camilli, Patricia Elmore, and Judith Green, Eds.  Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research, 3rd ed. (pp. 279-295). Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association/Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006.

Reading Lessons in Guinea, France, and the United States: Local Meanings, Global Culture.  Comparative Education Review, 48 (3):  229-252, 2004.

Local Meanings, Global Schooling: Anthropology and World Culture Theory (edited volume). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Teaching Cultures:  Knowledge for Teaching First Grade in France and the United States.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2002.