Photographer: Bram Belloni

dr. B. (Bo) Paulle

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Cultural Sociology
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: C6.11
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15508
    1001 NA  Amsterdam
    T: 0205252435

Bowen Paulle is presently principal investigator of five-year, mixed method evaluation project funded by a Rotterdam based philanthropic foundation (Stichting De Verre Bergen). Initiated and largely managed at the grassroots level by a voluntary organization (Vitaal Pendrecht), the primary aim of this effort is to achieve measurable increases in the cognitive and socio-emotional development of roughly 1000 students attending four different primacy school students in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Rotterdam. A secondary aim is to facilitate social cohesion and collective efficacy among residents living in, and organizations operating in, this challenged neighborhood. Paulle is also researching the inner workings, effects, and applicability (in the Netherlands) of two potentially scalable interventions meant to dramatically improve the educational and life outcomes of deeply disadvantaged students and (incarcerated) adults – Match-style tutoring and the Guiding Rage Into Power (GRIP) program. 

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


Forthcoming article

Jonathan Mijs (Harvard University) and Bowen Paulle, 'The Burden of Acting Wise: Sanctioned School Success and Ambivalence about Hard Work at an Elite School in the Netherlands', forthcoming in  Intercultural Education Journal (Vol. 27.2, 2016)

For information on my book, Toxic Schools, see the following website:

For a review on my new book, Toxic Schools, see the following websites: 

Article in the Atlantic on high stress in high schools citing Bo Paulle, author of Toxic Schools and expert on the effects of stress on high school pupils.

For a podcast on my new book, Toxic Schools, see the following website (the podcast can be found at the bottom of the page): 

Lecture of Bowen Paulle and Susan Fainstein on "The Just City" at the Balie in Amsterdam:

Bowen Paulle about his research and book 'Toxic Schools'

Bowen Paulle on his research into "high dosage tutoring"


  • Kielman, A., Paulle, B., & van London, M. (in press). Rekenen op je ouders: High Dosage Tutoring als middel om ouderbetrokkenheid te stimuleren in Rotterdam-Zuid. Sociologie.


  • Paulle, B. (2017). Stumbling on the rehabilitation gold? Foucault vs. Foucault in San Quentin and beyond . Ethnography. DOI: 10.1177/1466138116686803 


  • Mijs, J. J. B., & Paulle, B. (2016). The burden of acting wise: sanctioned success and ambivalence about hard work at an elite school in the Netherlands. Intercultural Education, 27(1), 22-38. DOI: 10.1080/14675986.2016.1144383  [details] 
  • Paulle, B., & Emirbayer, M. (2016). Beneath rationalization: Elias, Foucault, and the body. European Journal of Social Theory, 19(1), 39-56. DOI: 10.1177/1368431015602355  [details] 
  • Paulle, B., Mijs, J., & Vink, A. (2016). Nieuw systeem, nieuwe kansen? Ouders in Amsterdam-West over (de)segregatie in het basisonderwijs. B en M : Tijdschrift voor Beleid, Politiek en Maatschappij, 43(3), 4-22. DOI: 10.5553/BenM/138900692016043003003  [details] 


  • Paulle, B. (2014). Coming Hard: The Primacy of Embodied Stress Responses in High Poverty Schools. European Journal of Sociology, 55(1), 83-106. DOI: 10.1017/S0003975614000046  [details] 
  • Paulle, B., & Kalir, B. (2014). The integration matrix reloaded: from ethnic fixations to established versus outsiders dynamics in the Netherlands. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(9), 1354-1374. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2013.847783  [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. R. (2015). Kinderfaculteit Pendrecht: Tussen Rapportage 1 'Een evaluatie van de pilotfase en een blik op de toekomst'. Rotterdam: Stichting de Verre Bergen.


  • 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. DOI: 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] 

Scientific position

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

Media appearance

  • Paulle, Bo (28-02-2017): Als de mentor erbij is, vindt Destiny de rekenles toch niet saai [Print] NRC Handelsblad. Als de mentor erbij is, vindt Destiny de rekenles toch niet saai (NRC Handelsblad).

Talk / presentation

  • 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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