Biography

Dr. Maia Cucchiara's research interests fall into three often-overlapping categories. First, she is interested in urban education policy, particularly in the intersections between policy assumptions and discourses, issues of race and class, and people’s lived experiences. Second, she studies family-school relations, with a focus on how class shapes parents’ experiences with urban schools and their children’s education more broadly. Third, she is interested in the impact of urban development and revitalization on public education and the implications for disadvantaged students. Dr. Cucchiara is the author of Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities: Who Wins and Who Loses When Schools Become Urban Amenities (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Her current project, an ethnographic study of low-income mothers’ experiences with parenting education, is funded by a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.

Courses Taught

Number

Name

Level

EDUC 2103

Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States

Undergraduate

URBE 5417

The Urban Environment

Graduate

Selected Publications

Recent

  • Woyshner, C. & Cucchiara, M. (2017). Can parent-teacher groups work for all students? Educational Leadership, 75(1), pp. 64-69.

  • Posey-Maddox, L., Kimelberg, S., & Cucchiara, M. (2016). Seeking a ‘critical mass’: middle-class parents’ collective engagement in city public schooling. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 37(7), pp. 905-927. doi: 10.1080/01425692.2014.986564

  • Cucchiara, M. (2016). The Unacknowledged Disaster: Youth Poverty and Educational Failure in America. CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL of REVIEWS, 45(5), pp. 580-582. doi: 10.1177/0094306116664524e

  • Cucchiara, M. (2016). Enter the Alternative School: Critical Answers to Questions in Urban Education. CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL of REVIEWS, 45(4), pp. 508-510. doi: 10.1177/0094306116653953hhh

  • Cucchiara, M.B. & Lareau, A. (2016). Proceed with caution: Replication and ethnographic research.”. Sociology of Education Newsletter(Winter), pp. 4-5.

  • Cucchiara, M. (2016). Thinking Locally: Attending to Social Context in Studies of Marketing and Public Education. Peabody Journal of Education, 91(1), pp. 121-130. doi: 10.1080/0161956X.2016.1119595

  • Cucchiara, M.B., Rooney, E., & Robertson-Kraft, C. (2015). “I’ve Never Seen People Work So Hard!” Teachers’ Working Conditions in the Early Stages of School Turnaround. Urban Education, 50(3), pp. 259-287. doi: 10.1177/0042085913501896

  • Cucchiara, M.B. & Horvat, E. (2014). Choosing selves: The salience of parental identity in the school choice process. Journal of Education Policy, 29(4), pp. 486-509. doi: 10.1080/02680939.2013.849760

  • Cucchiara, M.B. & Childs, D. (2014). Review of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. Teachers College Record.

  • Tincani, M., Cucchiarra, M.B., Thurman, S.K., Snyder, M.R., & McCarthy, C.M. (2014). Evaluating NRC's Recommendations for Educating Children with Autism a Decade Later. Child and Youth Care Forum, 43(3), pp. 315-337. doi: 10.1007/s10566-013-9240-z

  • Posey-Maddox, L., Kimelberg, S.M., & Cucchiara, M. (2014). Middle-class parents and urban public schools: Current research and future directions. Sociology Compass, 8(4), pp. 446-456. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12148