Former Visiting Scholars Elected to National Academy of Education

February 25, 2020

Former RSF visiting scholars Rucker C. Johnson (UC, Berkeley), Michal Kurlaender (UC, Davis), and Melvin L. Oliver (Pitzer College) were among fifteen education scholars recently elected to the National Academy of Education (NAEd).

"This diverse group of scholars are at the forefront of those who are improving the lives of students in the United States and abroad through their outstanding contributions to education scholarship and research," NAEd president Gloria Ladson-Billings said. The NAEd advances high quality education research and its use in policy and practice. The Academy consists of U.S. members and international associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education.

Johnson, the Chancellor’s Professor Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, was a visiting scholar in 2011-2012. As a labor economist specializing in the economics of education, Johnson’s research is focused on the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances. He is the author of the book Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works.

Kurlaender, Professor of Education and Department Chair at the School of Education, University of California, Davis, was a visiting scholar in 2017-2018. Kurlaender’s research focuses on students’ educational pathways and access to and success in postsecondary schooling. She also studies the impact of racial and ethnic diversity on student outcomes and is an expert on the dismantling of federal mandatory and voluntary K-12 school desegregation plans and persistent inequalities in segregated minority schools.

Oliver, President of Pitzer College, was a visiting scholar in 1995-1996. Oliver is a noted expert on racial and urban inequality. He is the co-editor of the RSF book Prismatic Metropolis: Inequality in Los Angeles, and he has contributed chapters to several other RSF books, including Securing the Future: Investing in Children from Birth to College, The Decline in Marriage Among African Americans: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Implications, Social Capital and Poor Communities, and Ethnic Los Angeles.


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