Dr. Kris Gutiérrez is a faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s School of Education. Her research interests address the relationship between literacy, culture, and learning, and target how students appropriate cultural concepts. Specifically, her work focuses on the processes by which people negotiate meaning in culturally organized contexts, using language and literacies that are embedded within socio-historical traditions. Issues of equity and excellence are recurrent themes in her work.
Gutiérrez has conducted long-term ethnographic studies across various school districts. Her studies have centered on the cultural dimensions of literacy learning, the social organization of formal and nonformal learning environments, and the effects of new forms of mediation on student and teacher learning. She has also studied the effects of new policies and reform initiatives on English learners and their schooling practices; and reading and writing development in elementary- and secondary-school-age students, including English Learners and students from migrant farm worker backgrounds.
In 2006–2007, she was a Fellow at the prestigious Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Most recently, Professor Gutiérrez served as a member of President Obama’s Education Policy Transition Team. She is currently serving as president of the American Educational Research Association.