Kathleen Knight Abowitz is a professor in the department of educational leadership at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a mother of two children and an active citizen in the community, teaching and writing about citizenship, democracy, civic leadership and the public ideal in public education.
A native Virginian, Abowitz grew up in the small town of Warsaw. She graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland after studying business-economics and religious studies. Her early experiences in a small, southern town initiated her personal and scholarly interests in community life. Through working as a service-learning coordinator at colleges in Vermont and Virginia, Abowitz sought to develop ways that community and civic engagement could help ignite and sustain active citizenship among college students. These interests fed into larger questions: What should be the larger purposes of education? More particularly, how should education serve public and democratic aims?
She went on to earn a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education at the University of Vermont and a doctoral degree in the Social Foundations of Education at the University of Virginia.
At Miami University, Abowitz teaches courses in social foundations of education, community leadership, cultural studies, educational politics and ethics. She is a former recipient of Richard Delp Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service in the division of education, society and health.