Erin McNamara Horvat, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Urban Education
Teaching & Learning

Ritter Hall 444
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
phone: (215) 204-6178

  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Education
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Education
  • B.A. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Psychology
Areas of Professional Interest

equity and access, historical case study, role of parents in school improvement and the creation of a strong school community in an urban setting  read mini bio>>>

Recent Scholarship

Beyong Acting White

Doing Qualitative Research


Horvat, Erin McNamara (2012) Pushing Parents Away: School District Bureaucracy, Middle Class Parents and Social Class Integration.  In The Politicization of Parenthood: Shifting Private and Public Responsibilities in Education and Child Rearing Martina Richter and Sabine Andresen Eds. New York: Springer. 

Horvat, Erin McNamara. (2011) Pioneer Parents and Creating Pathways for Involvement: A Historical Case Study of School Change and Collective Parental Involvement pp163-187. In Including Families and Communities in Urban Education Catherine Hands and Lea Hubbard Eds. New York: Information Age Publishing.

Horvat, Erin McNamara, Juliet DiLeo Curci & Michelle Chaplin Partlow. (2010) Parents Principals and Power: A Historical Case Study of “Managing” Parental Involvement  Journal of School Leadership 20(6) pp. 702-727.

Horvat, Erin McNamara and James Earl Davis. (2010) Schools as Sites for Transformation: Exploring the Contribution of the Habitus. Youth and Society.

Cucchiara, Maia and Erin McNamara Horvat. (2009) Perils and Promises: Middle-Class Parental Involvement in Urban Schools. American Educational Research Journal v. 46 pp. 974-1004.

Horvat, Erin McNamara & Carla O'Connor, Eds. 2006. Beyond Acting White: Reframing the Debate on Black Student Achievement.  Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Horvat, Erin McNamara & Kristine Lewis. (2003) Reassessing the "Burden of Acting White:" The Importance of Black Peer Groups in Managing Academic Success. Sociology of Education v. 76 (October) pp. 265-280.

Horvat, Erin McNamara, Elliot Weininger & Annette Lareau. (2003). From Social Ties to Social Capital: Class Differences in the Relation Between School and Parent Networks. American Educational Research Journal 40:2 pp. 319-351.

Horvat, Erin McNamara, (2003). The Interactive Effects of Race and Class in Educational Research: Theoretical Insights from the Work of Pierre Bourdieu. Perspectives on Urban Education

Horvat, Erin McNamara. (2001). Rebuilding the Lives of Hight School Dropouts: Lessons from a Successful Program. Journal of Research in Education 11:188-95.

Horvat, Erin McNamara, (2001). Understanding Equity and Access in Higher Education: The Potential Contribution of Pierre Bordieu. In Higher Education Handbook Of Theory and Research, William G. Tierney, Ed. New York: Agathon Press pp. 195-238.

Lareau, Annette & Horvat, Erin McNamara, (1999). Moments of Social Inclusion and Exclusion: Race, Class and Cultural Capital in Family-School Relationships. Sociology of Education 72:1 37-53. (Reprinted in: Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education, (Edited by J.H. Ballantine and J. Spade), Wadsworth, 2000).

Horvat, Erin McNamara & Antonio, Anthony L., (1999). "Hey Those Shoes Are Out of Uniform": African-American Girls in an Elite High School and the Importance of Habitus. Anthropology and Education Quarterly. 30(3):317-342.