Kai Heidemann is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His research merges the study of social movements with the sociology of education. Kai is particularly interested in the analysis of community-based education reform initiatives and the ‘re-purposing’ of educational systems by grassroots actors. He has explored these themes in Europe and South America. Kai completed his PhD (Sociology) at the University of Pittsburgh and M.A. (Cultural Anthropology) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His work has been published in Mobilization, the European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, Comparative Sociology, and Sociological Focus.