About Us

Mark R. Warren is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and an affiliate of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research. He received his PhD in sociology from Harvard University in 1995. Warren is the author of Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy (Princeton University Press), which has been critically received as a foundational contribution to the study of community organizing in its modern form. Warren is coeditor of a book on social capital-based strategies for combating poverty, Social Capital and Poor Communities (Russell Sage Foundation Press) and the author of Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice (Oxford University Press). Warren has also published a lead article in the Harvard Educational Review on the relationship between community development and school improvement, entitled “Communities and Schools: A New View of Urban Education Reform.”

Karen L. Mapp is a Lecturer on Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She received her Doctorate in Education from Harvard in 1999. Mapp is an educator with extensive professional and research experience in family-school-community partnerships. Karen is co-author of the widely read Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships (New Press, 2007). She has served as Deputy Superintendent for Family and Community Engagement in Boston Public Schools. Karen consults widely with school districts and educational systems across the U.S.

The Community Organizing and School Reform project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, led by Mark R. Warren and Karen L. Mapp, consists of Keith Catone, Roy Cervantes, Connie K. Chung, Cynthia Gordon, Soo Hong, Ann Ishimaru, Paul Kuttner, Meredith Mira, Thomas Nikundiwe, Soojin Oh, Kenneth Russell, Amanda Taylor, Mara Tieken, Anita Wadhwa, and Helen Westmoreland. These project members are (or were) all students at Harvard University.