Polly Attwood

Associate Teaching Professor


Polly F. Attwood is an Associate Teaching Professor in teacher education and critical multicultural studies in College of Professional Studies, Graduate School of Education.  Dr. Attwood teaches in the Masters in Arts of Teaching (MAT) program and also serves as an adviser to undergraduate day students interested in the MAT Plus One pathway to teaching at Northeastern University. Her research interests include critical and feminist pedagogy, collaborative models of anti-oppression teaching, and theory and practice of transformational learning for emerging teachers and teacher educators. An experienced high school social studies teacher, Dr. Attwood invites aspiring & experienced teachers to join the practice of teaching with a critical understanding of the ethical and political nature of teaching. She teaches courses on the socio-political context of education and issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity. She also has taught critical reflective practice for student teachers at both the undergraduate and master’s levels. She commutes by bicycle, loves walking her dog, is active in her Quaker faith, and is a yoga practitioner.


Doctor of Education from Harvard University (2008)

Professional Experience

Dr. Attwood is a peer reviewer for Curriculum Inquiry and Anthropology Education Quarterly, has served on the board of the Harvard Educational Review (2002–2004), and was a coeditor of their third edition of Facing Racism. Her recent articles have been published in Radical Teacher and Multicultural Perspectives. Dr. Attwood has presented at local and national conferences, and facilitates sessions on issues of diversity and power in schools and classrooms, urban and suburban settings, and teacher education programs.

Previously, Dr. Attwood taught at Brandeis University and Lesley University, and was a university supervisor in the Program in Religion and Secondary Education at Harvard Divinity School.