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Katharine Sprecher

Lecturer, Educational Studies
Educational Studies
Lindley Hall N278

Dr. Katharine Sprecher received her B.A. in women's studies, M.A. in social and cultural anthropology, and California teaching credential with concentration in culture, language, and academic development. She completed her PhD in education with concentration in cultural studies of educational foundations at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Sprecher teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the Critical Studies in Educational Foundations program. Her research interests include social justice and diversity in education with emphases in feminism, gender, and sexuality; local-global approaches to critical multiculturalism; and feminist, postcritical, and performative methodologies. She has worked with diverse communities in K-12+ schools, including children who have experienced forced migration and refugee internment.

Most Recent Publications:

Thayer-Bacon, B. J., Stone, L., & Sprecher, K. (Eds.) (In press). Classic and contemporary readings in education feminism. New York: SUNY Press.

Sprecher, K. (2013). "I am proud to be African": Countering deficit discourses in a U.S. school. In R. Gabriel & J. N. Lester (Eds.), Performances of research: Critical issues in K-12 education.

Mariner, N.S., Lester, J.N., Sprecher, K., and Anders, A.D. (2011). Relational knowledge production and the dynamics of difference: Exploring cross-cultural tensions in service learning through narrative. In Stewart, T. and Webster, N. (Eds.), Exploring cultural dynamics and tensions within service learning (pp. 63–80). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Sprecher, K.(2011). Book review: Makingfeminist sense of the global justice movement by Catherine Eschle and Bice Maiguashca. International Education, 41(1), 9598.

McNeely, C., Sprecher, K., & Bates, D. (2010). Comparative case study of Caring Across Communities: Identifying essential components of comprehensive school-linked mental health services for refugee and immigrant children. Washington DC: The Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools, The George Washington University, and Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.