Professional Biography

Before joining the GSE faculty in 1995 as an assistant professor, Dr. Hall was a postdoctoral fellow at Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, where she conducted research on community-based poverty initiatives. Together with colleagues at the Consortium on Chicago School Research, she collaborated on studies focusing on local school councils and school-community partnerships in Chicago. She also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Anthropology, is a member of the graduate groups in Sociology, Folklore, Social Policy and Practice, and South Asia Studies and is affiliated with the Urban Studies and Asian American Studies programs. She served as Graduate Group Chair for South Asia Regional Studies in 2006. She received the Michael Katz Excellence in Teaching Award in the Urban Studies Program in 2001 and the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D Teaching and Mentoring in 2009.

Dr. Hall has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Spencer Dissertation Fellow, a National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow, and a Salzburg Seminar Fellow. With colleagues Amy Stambach and Bradley Levinson, she was also the recipient of a Spencer Advanced Studies Institute Fellowship that funded three conferences on the state of the art in the field of Anthropology and Education. Dr. Hall is also a fellow of the Penn Urban Research Institute.

Research Interests and Current Projects


Ph.D. (Anthropology) University of Chicago, 1993.

M.A. (Anthropology) University of Chicago, 1985.

B.A. (Social Science) California State University at Fresno, magna cum laude, 1979.

Areas of Expertise

Immigration, race relations, and education

Citizenship, cultural politics, and national incorporation

Class, socialization and social stratification

Social theory

Ethnographic research

Anthropological Perspectives on Student Futures

Selected Publications

Hall, K. D.: Security and the Risk Management State: British Anti-Terrorism Policies After 7/7. Politics, Publics, Personhood: New Ethnographies at the Limits of Neoliberalism. C. Greenhouse (eds.). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010. 

Hall, K. D.: British Sikh Lives Lived in Translation. Everyday Life in South Asia, 2nd Edition. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press 2009. 

McDermott, R., & Hall, K. D.: Scientifically Debased Research on Learning, 1854-2006. Anthropology and Education Quarterly 38(11): 82-88, 2007.

Hall, K. D.: "Until All of Us Are Home”: The Process of Leadership at Project HOME. A Leadership for a Changing World Collaborative Ethnography. Ford Foundation Leadership for A Changing World Project. 2006.

Hall, K. D.: Science, Globalization and Educational Governance: The Political Rationalities of the New Managerialism. The Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. Special edition on Globalization and Education 12(1): 153-182, Winter 2005.

Hall, K. D.: The Ethnography of Imagined Communities: The Cultural Production of Sikh Ethnicity in Britain. Being Here and Being There: Fieldwork Encounters and Ethnographic Discoveries. E. Anderson, S. Brooks, R. Gunn & N. Jones (eds.). The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science [Special Issue] Page: 595, 2004.

Hall, K. D.: Asserting ‘Needs’ and Claiming ‘Rights’: The Cultural Politics of ‘Minority’ Language Education in Britain. Language, Identity and Education 1(2), 2002.

Hall, K. D.: Lives in Translation: Sikh Youth as British Citizens. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Hall, K. D.: The South Asian Diaspora in Britain. South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia. P. J. Claus, S. Diamond, & M. Mills (eds.). New York: Routledge, 2002.