Novella Z. Keith, Ph.D.

Novella Z. Keith, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Emeritus Faculty

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Hall 466
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

  • Ph.D. Rutgers University, Sociology
  • M. A. Rutgers University, Sociology
  • B. A. Douglass College, French and Comparative Literature
Areas of Professional Interest
  • School-community partnerships
  • Service learning in urban settings 
  • Participation/democratic theory in urban school reform  
  • Education and development in Third World countries


Recent Scholarship


Keith, N. Z. (2015). Engaging in Social Partnerships: Democratic Practices for Campus-Community Partnerships. New York: Rutledge.

Keith, N. W. & Keith, N. Z. (1992).  The Social Origins of Democratic Socialism in Jamaica, 1974-1980.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Keith, N. W. & Keith, N. Z. (eds.) (1988). New Perspectives on Social Class and Socioeconomic Development in the Periphery.  Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.


Keith, N.Z. (2011). From mistrust to collaboration: Using Transformational Social Therapy to support participation in school–community educational reform in a French banlieues.  In C. Hands & L. Hubbard (eds.), Including Families and Communities in Urban Education (pp. 235-266). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Keith, N.Z. and Keith, N.W. (2010, June).  Philosophy of Modernity and Development in Jamaica.  In V. De Sousa, J. Henton, and G. Ramanathan (eds), New Modernities and the “Third World” (thematic issue, article 6).  CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 12(2).   West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Keith, N. Z. (2010). Getting Beyond Anemic Love: From the Pedagogy of Cordial Relations to a Pedagogy for Difference.  Journal of Curriculum Studies, 42(4), 539-572.

Dorn, M.L., Keith, N.Z. and Keirns, C.C. (2008). Crossing the Divide through Edu-Tourism: A North-South Partnership in Community-Based Learning. Caribbean Geography, 15(1), 59-75.  Special theme issue, Representing Cultural Geographies of Jamaica

Keith, N. Z. (Spring 2005). Community Service Learning in the Face of Globalization: Rethinking Theory and Practice. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 11(2), 5-24.

Keith, N.Z., with C. Cavanaugh, S. Islam, F. Hafiz, K. Malandra, K. Mather, & J. Soler. Partnerships as New Ground: Between Private Enterprise and Democratic Possibilities. Practitioners’ keynote, 24th Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Center for Urban Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania, March 2003.

Keith, N.Z. Partnerships in Education in the Face of Globalization. Invited presentation, Symposium on Globalization, Bryn Mawr College, March 2003.

Keith, N.Z. Forging Democratic Communities of Difference in Urban Settings. Invited keynote, National Conference of the Urban Education Institute, Washington D.C., November 2001.

Keith, N.Z. & Keith, N.W.  Globalism and difference; Sketches of the political contours.  Invited keynote, “Globalization: Issues and Perspectives” national conference.  Trinity College, Hartford, CT, April 2000.

Keith, N. Z. (1999).  Whose Community Schools?  New Discourses, Old Patterns. Theory into Practice, 38(4), 224-234.

Keith, N. Z. (1998).  Fostering Community in Inner-City Schools and Neighborhoods:  The Urban Schools Service Corps as Border Crossers.  Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning,   

Keith, N. Z. (1997).  Doing service projects in urban settings.  In Waterman, A. (ed.), Service Learning; Applications from the Research.  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Keith, N. Z. (1996). A critical perspective on teacher participation in urban schools.  Educational Administration Quarterly, 32(1): 45-79.

Keith, N. Z.  (1996). Can urban school reform and community development be joined?  The potential of community schools.  Education and Urban Society, 28(2): 237-268. 

Keith, N. W. and Keith, N. Z. (1996). Schools as agents of change:  From community outreach to community development.  In Stout, C. E. (ed.), The Integration of Psychological Principles in Policy Development (pp. 197-216) New York: Praeger.

Keith, N. Z. (1994). School-based community service:  Answers and some questions.  Journal of Adolescence, 17: 311-320 (edited special issue on school-sponsored youth service).