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Dr. B. (Bo) Paulle

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Cultural Sociology

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Kamernummer: C6.11
  • Postbus 15508
    1001 NA Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Bowen (Bo) Paulle is presently principal investigator of several projects researching the inner workings and measurable effects of potentially scalable interventions meant to dramatically improve the educational and life outcomes of deeply disadvantaged students (and their families). These students range from primary and secondary school pupils in the Netherlands to incarcerated "violent offenders" in California state prisons. The multidisciplinary research teams he heads are focusing especially on High Dosage Tutoring (HDT) and the Guiding Rage Into Power (GRIP) programs. Paulle is committed to a utilisation-focused evaluation paradigm combining ethnographic detail with the rigour of randomised controlled trials. A guiding notion here is that researchers and stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, professionals, practitioners, philanthropists) should work together to understand (through carefully coordinated experiments) how urgent social problems can be mitigated. Paulle recently set up The Scalable Education Programs Partnership in part to offer insights into the (preliminary) findings generated by his teams.

    Paulle’s main research interests include urban marginality, educational inequality, program evaluation, ethnographic fieldwork and social theory.

    'Ik ben geobsedeerd door ongelijkheid en door de vraag wat we daaraan kunnen doen.'  Read this recent interview with Bowen (in Dutch)

    For more information at Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bowen_Paulle

  • Video
    Brainwash Talks

    Paulle's 2020 'Brainwash' talk, in English, on the threat of increasing inequality (in the Netherlands), why it matters and how it can be mitigated with rigorously researched programs for at risk youth such as Bridge High Dosage Tutoring.

  • Publicaties


    • Jindra, M., Paulle, B., & Jindra, I. W. (2020). Relational Work in the Struggle Against Poverty: Balancing Scholarly Critiques and Emancipatory Practices in the Nonprofit Sector. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 49(1), 160-179. https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764019861716 [details]
    • Paulle, B., & van der Zeeuw, A. (2020). Keeping violent offender rehabilitation on track: How the diffusion and redirecting of attentional focus/mood work in the GRIP program. Qualitative Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325020921919


    • Paulle, B., de Ree, J., & Kielman, A. (2019). High Dosage Tutoring: een remedie tegen kansenongelijkheid in Amsterdam? In H. van de Werfhorst, & E. van Hest (Eds.), Gelijke kansen in de stad (pp. 82-96). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789463728829 [details]





    • Paulle, B. (2013). Toxic schools: high-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam. (Fieldwork encounters and discoveries). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. [details]



    • Paulle, B., van Heerikhuizen, B., & Emirbayer, M. (2011). Elias and Bourdieu. In S. Susen, & B. S. Turner (Eds.), The legacy of Pierre Bourdieu: critical essays (pp. 145-172). (Key issues in modern sociology). London: Anthem. [details]


    • Paulle, B., Heurter, A., Karssen, M., & ten Ham, T. (2016). Voortgang boeken, evenwicht zoeken: de tweede tussenevaluatie van de Kinderfaculteit in Pendrecht. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [details]


    • Paulle, B., Huisman, C., & Fiorito, T. (2015). Kinderfaculteit Pendrecht: Een evaluatie van de pilotfase en een blik op de toekomst. Rotterdam: Stichting de Verre Bergen. [details]


    • Paulle, B. (2011). Language, parenting, and inequality. In C. Brinkgreve, M. van den Haak, B. van Heerikhuizen, J. Heilbron, & G. Kuipers (Eds.), Cultuur en ongelijkheid (pp. 148-154). Diemen: AMB. [details]


    • Paulle, B. (2014). Giftige scholen. Didaktief, 44(10), 22-23. [details]
    • Paulle, B. (2014). [Review of: D.A. Thomas (2011) Exceptional violence: embodied citizenship in transnational Jamaica]. Contemporary Sociology, 43(2), 271-273. https://doi.org/10.1177/0094306114522415vv [details]
    • Paulle, B. (2014). [Review of: E. Saar, O.B. Ure (2013) Lifelong learning in Europe: national patterns and challenges]. Teachers College Record. [details]


    • Paulle, B. (2012). Van Fremdzwang naar Selbstzwang: Over de noodzaak van nieuwe regimes op achterstandsscholen. In G. van Stralen, & R. Gude (Eds.), ...En denken! bildung voor leraren (pp. 327-336). Leusden: ISVW. [details]


    • Paulle, B. (2010). Naar open categorieen en relationele analyse. Sociologie Magazine, 18(4), 28. [details]


    • Paulle, B., Pach, J., & Mijs, J. (2008). Eindrapport pilot: evenwicht in West. Amsterdam: Gemeente Amsterdam. [details]


    • Paulle, B. (2015). Visiting Professor, Victoria University, Melbourne.



    • Paulle, B. (keynote speaker) (21-6-2019). On High Dosage Tutoring (HDT), Up Close & Liveable conference, Amsterdam.
    • Paulle, B. (keynote speaker) (14-2-2019). On High-Dosage Tutoring, VU, Amsterdam.
    • Paulle, B. (keynote speaker) (22-11-2018). On the Mundus College project in Amsterdam ('Mundus More Math'), AISSR Harvest Day 2018, Amsterdam.
    • Paulle, B. (keynote speaker) (8-9-2016). Keynote on 'Changing Power Relations and the Drag Effects of Habitus', University of Muenster, Germany.
    • Paulle, B. (invited speaker) (20-6-2014). Invited lecture “From the Past to the Present and towards Possible Futures: The Collected Works of Norbert Elias”, University of Leicester, England.
    • Paulle, B. (invited speaker) (16-12-2013). Invited lecture on book: Toxic schools: high-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam (B. Paulle), Invited lecture at Humboldt University, Berlin.
    • Paulle, B. (invited speaker) (4-10-2013). Invited lecture on book: Toxic schools: high-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam (B. Paulle), Lecture at University of California, Berkeley.
    • Paulle, B. (invited speaker) (2-10-2013). Invited lecture on book: Toxic schools: high-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam (B. Paulle), Invited lecture at UCLA, UCLA.
    • Paulle, B. (invited speaker) (30-9-2013). Invited lecture on book: Toxic schools: high-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam (B. Paulle), At University of Wisconsin, Madison.


    • Abdallah, S. E. (2017). Struggles for success: Youth work rituals in Amsterdam and Beirut. [details]
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