Jason Klugman

Jason Klugman - photo by Sameer Khan
Jason Klugman
Director, Princeton University Preparatory Program
36 University Place

Jason Klugman is the director of the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP).

As director of PUPP, Jason is responsible for the daily operations of the program, including, planning and implementation of the PUPP Summer Institute, academic enrichment programming during the school year, the outreach and application process for new scholars, and the ongoing work of fundraising for the program. He oversees college admissions guidance services and alumni support for PUPP Scholars and develops relationships with PUPP scholars and their families, along with deep partnerships with PUPP’s partner high schools – Ewing, Nottingham, Lawrence, Princeton and Trenton Central (Chambers and West campuses).

Jason has presented papers at a broad range of academic and professional conferences on education, teacher preparation, college access and college admissions and is co-author of the 2008 white paper "Opening Doors and Paving the Way: Increasing access and success for talented, low-income students.”

He earned his doctorate in Education, Culture and Society at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education where he studied the process of becoming an urban teacher and taught courses in urban studies and the foundations of education. His dissertation, "Weapon Scans, Lesson Plans and Power-less Computer: Becoming a teacher in urban America” examined the journey of a group of student teachers in Philadelphia (including himself) during the 1998-99 academic year.

From 2004 to 2017, Jason was a program associate in the Program in Teacher Preparation. Prior to joining Princeton, Jason was a social studies teacher and department chair at West Philadelphia High School and a leader of that school’s college and career guidance team. He also taught courses in Urban Studies and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and teacher certifications in secondary social studies and English.