Rosa L. Rivera-McCutchen

Rosa Rivera-McCutchen

Professor of Administration & Supervision, Instructional Leadership


An educator for over twenty years, Dr. Rivera-McCutchen began her career as a high school teacher in the Bronx, before earning her doctorate in Teaching and Learning at New York University. She is a first-generation college graduate, and her research, teaching and activism are informed by her experiences as an educator and student in NYC public schools. Dr. Rivera-McCutchen’s scholarship focuses on urban school leaders who practice “radical care,” centering anti-racism and equity as part of their leadership work. Her research has appeared in Educational Administration Quarterly, Teachers College Record, Urban Education, the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership and other peer reviewed journals. Most importantly, she is the mother of three Afro-Latinx children who attend public schools in Westchester, NY.

  • New York University Steinhardt School of Education, Ph.D., Teaching and Learning (2007)
  • University of Rochester, M.S.Ed., Teaching and Curriculum, Secondary Social Studies, 7-12 (1997)
  • University of Rochester, B.A. Political Science (1996)


  • Rivera-McCutchen, R. L. (2021). Radical care: A framework for leading for justice in urban schools.Teachers College Press.

Selected Refereed Articles

  • Rivera-McCutchen, R. L., Ishimaru, A. M., & Douglass, S. (2023). On ruptures, portals, and
    opportunities: Advancing educational equity amid pandemic divides. (Introduction to
    special issue). Voices in Urban Education, (51)1.
  • Rivera-McCutchen, R. L. (2021). White privilege and power in the New York State opt out
    movement. Teachers College Record, 123(5), 1-18.
  • Hantzopoulos, M., Rivera-McCutchen, R. L., & Tyner-Mullings, A. (2021). Reframing school
    culture through project-based assessment tasks: Cultivating transformative agency and
    humanizing practices in NYC public schools. Teachers College Record, 123(4), 1-38.
  • Rivera-McCutchen, R. L. (2020). “We don’t got time for grumbling”: Toward an ethic of radical
    care in urban school leadership. Educational Administration Quarterly, 57(2), 257-289. DOI:
  • Rivera-McCutchen, R. L. (2019). Armed love in school leadership: Resisting inequality and
    injustice in schooling. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 18(2), 237-247. DOI: