Kristen Perry, Ph.D.

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    Literacy as Social Practice; Family & Community Literacy; Adult Literacy; Immigrants & refugees; English Learners


    Kristen H. Perry is a Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Kentucky, where she serves as Department Chair and Co-Director of two large professional development grant projects: Project PLACE and Project ExCEL.  Her work focuses primarily on literacy and culture in diverse communities, investigating everyday home/family and community literacy practices, particularly among immigrant and refugee communities.  She also researches educational opportunities with respect to ESL, literacy, and higher education for adult refugees.  Perry is the 2012 recipient of the Literacy Research Association’s Early Career Achievement award and their 2007 J. Michael Parker Award for research in adult literacy.  Her university teaching experience includes undergraduate teacher education courses and master’s and doctoral-level coursework. Her prior teaching experience includes teaching in multi-grade classrooms in Colorado, teaching in southern Africa through the Peace Corps, and teaching adult refugees in the U.S. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, Michigan State University


    Master of Arts in Education, Michigan State University



    • L Education (General)
    • Literacy
    • Literacy as social practice
    • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
    • Adult literacy
    • Family literacy
    • English learners
    • LB1501 Primary Education
    • Family literacy
    • English learners


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