Kris Gutierrez

Kris Gutierrez

Kris D. Gutiérrez is Professor of Learning Sciences and Literacy and holds the Inaugural Provost’s Chair at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is also Professor Emerita of Social Research Methodology at GSE&IS at UCLA.


Professor Gutiérrez is a national leader in education, with an emphasis in literacy, learning, and interpretive approaches to inquiry.

Gutiérrez is a member of the National Academy of Education and is the Past President of the American Educational Research Association and the National Conference on Research on Language and Literacy.

Gutiérrez was recently appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a member of the National Board for the Institute of Education Sciences.  

Gutiérrez is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the National Conference on Research on Language and Literacy, and the Education and the Public Interest Center. Her research examines learning in designed learning environments, with particular attention to students from non-dominant communities and English Learners. Her work on Third Spaces examines the affordances of hybrid and syncretic approaches to literacy, new media literacies, and STEM learning and the re-mediation of functional systems of learning.

Professor Gutiérrez was also identified as one of the 2009 Top 100 influential Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine.

Gutierrez is the recipient of numerous research grants and is currently Co-PI on two grants from the National Science Foundation, and the McArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network.

Gutierrez has received four teaching and mentorship awards: The Harriet & Charles Luckman UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (campus-wide), University of California, Los Angeles, 1997, Inaugural Distinguished Teaching Award, The Graduate School of Education and Information Studies University of California, Los Angeles, 1996, a Spencer Foundation Mentorship award, and a 2012 Gold Best Should Teach Award, University of Colorado, Boulder.