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Karen Hunter Quartz

Adjunct Professor; Director, UCLA Center for Community Schooling
Karen Quartz, Adjunct Professor of Education
Karen Hunter Quartz
Karen Hunter Quartz
Adjunct Professor; Director, UCLA Center for Community Schooling

Professor Quartz's scholarship examines community school development, teacher autonomy and retention, and social transformation. In 2007, she led the design team to create the UCLA Community School and in 2017 served on the design team for a second site, the Mann UCLA Community School. She currently oversees a portfolio of research-practice partnerships at both schools designed to advance democracy, justice, and education.

Teaching and Research Interests
Research Center


  • Director, UCLA Center for Community Schooling
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Education
  • Affiliated Faculty, UCLA Center for Community Engagement


  • B.A., Honours, Philosophy, Huron College
  • M.A., Philosophy of Science, University of Western Ontario
  • Ph.D., Philosophical Foundations of Educational Policy and Practice, University of California, Los Angeles

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

  • American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Outstanding Writing Award
  • National Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative Advancement in Research Award
  • UCLA Department of Education Outstanding Teaching Award

Select Publications

  • Francois, A. & Quartz, K.H. (Eds.) (forthcoming). Preparing and sustaining social justice educators in urban schools. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press.
  • Quartz, K.H. (2020). Democracy, justice and education: Framing the impact of university-assisted community schools. Universities and Community Schools 10(1), 5-17.
  • Kawasaki, J., Quartz, K.H. & Martinez, J.F. (2020). Using multiple measures of teaching quality to strengthen teacher preparation. Education Policy Analysis Archives.
  • Quartz, K.H., Geller, R.C., & McQueen, S.S. (2020). A beautiful struggle: Reimagining neighborhood schools in urban communities. Teachers College Record.