Bowen Paulle (1970, Ph.D. 2005, Univ. of Amsterdam), team leader for the Netherlands on MAPS, is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Originally from New York, where he taught full time at a non-selective high school in the South Bronx for three years, Paulle settled in the Netherlands for good in 1999 when he became a PhD candidate at the UvA. As a PhD candidate he worked for another three years at a secondary school in Southeast Amsterdam.
Paulle is the author of Toxic Schools: High poverty schooling in New York and Amsterdam (2013, University of Chicago Press). After working for years at the municipal level on efforts to desegregate schools in various parts of the Netherlands, Paulle is presently evaluating (by means of randomized controlled trials) a range of interventions meant to help disadvantaged populations. He also heads the UvA’s soon to be launched SEPP (Scalable Education Programs for socially disadvantaged students Partnership).
Paulle’s recent articles include: “Elias and Bourdieu” (with Bart van Heerikhuizenand Mustafa Emirbayer, Journal of Classical Sociology), “The Integration Matrix Reloaded: From Ethnic Fixations to Established Versus Outsiders Dynamics in the Netherlands” (with Barak Kalir, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies), “Coming Hard: The primacy of embodied stress responses in high poverty schools” (The European Journal of Sociology”), “Beneath Rationalization: Elias, Foucault, and the body” (European Journal of Social Theory) and “Stumbling on the rehabilitation gold? Foucault vs. Foucault in San Quentin and beyond” (Ethnography).