Paul J. Kuttner, Ed.D


Paul comes to CCPH following nine years at the University of Utah, where he served as Associate Director of University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) as well as an instructor at the College of Education. At UNP, Paul had the honor of partnering with community-based organizations, nonprofits, community leaders, hospitals, schools, agencies, families, and local/state government, as well as administrators, faculty, staff, and students from across the disciplines. He learned much from these teachers about what it takes to build authentic, equitable partnerships and the power of combining community-based and academic knowledges to address the systems that sustain inequity. Originally from the Boston area, Paul has now returned to live there with his spouse and son.

Paul began his career as a community-based arts educator. He earned his master’s and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he conducted research in collaboration with youth and community organizing groups. His research focuses on the relationships between educational institutions (K-12 and higher education) and communities that have faced marginalization and oppression within school systems. His and his partners’ research products have appeared in academic venues such as the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Metropolitan Universities, Teachers College Record, and Harvard Educational Review, as well as practice-focused outlets such as Phi Delta Kappan and Ed Week, alongside community-facing products such as videos, comic books, and curricula. Paul was recently named the 2023 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) Collaboratory Research Fellow for his work on evaluating the impact of community-campus partnerships.