Distinguished Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA, July 2015 to present


Ph.D. Sociology–December 1989, University of California, Berkeley

MA Sociology–1982, Brown University

BA Sociology/American History–1981, Brown University

Teaching Credential–1981, Brown University


2003 – 2015

Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Departments of Teaching and Learning and Social Science and Humanities, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development, New York University with affiliated appointments in the Department of Sociology, Africana Studies, and Latin American Studies

Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, New York University

Co-Director Institute for the study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS), New York University

Fall 2003

Sussman Visiting Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

2000 – 2003

Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools; Chair, Doctoral

Program in Communities and Schools, Graduate School of Education, Harvard


1996 – 2000

Associate Professor, Division of Social and Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change, UC Berkeley

1990 – 1996

Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Cultural Studies, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley


Lecturer, Department of Afro-American Studies, UC Berkeley

Instructor, Department of Social Science, Diablo Valley College


Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Lecturer, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, UC Berkeley

1981 – 1990

Classroom Teacher, grades K-12, Berkeley, CA


1990 – 1994  

President, School Board, Berkeley Unified School District–Elected to the Berkeley School Board in November, 1990. Responsible for developing educational policy for district of 8,000 students and overseeing 65 million-dollar annual budget.

1989 – 1990

Coordinator–Diversity Initiatives, University of California, Berkeley

Responsible for designing new courses, developing campus programs, and assisting administrative units in areas related to racial and ethnic diversity. Supervised staff of five Directors who worked on multicultural issues with students.

1988 – 1989

Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor–Business and Administrative Services, University of California, Berkeley

Responsible for administration for summer and year round youth employment programs at the University of California, Berkeley. Responsible for a staff, which recruited high school students and provided them with training, job placements, education support services, and counseling. Served as a community liaison between UC Berkeley and the Oakland/Berkeley community.

1986 – 1988

Executive Assistant–Mayor of Berkeley

Responsible for policy development, staff coordination and implementation in the following areas: youth services, crime and law enforcement, economic development and housing, homelessness and relations with the University of California.  Also served as the Mayor’s community liaison.

1985 – 1986

Director–South Berkeley Youth Project

Community service project established by the Office of Economic Development of the City of Berkeley, and the University of California. Trained and hired twenty-two teenagers to implement a door-to-door needs assessment survey of South Berkeley and to organize community educational events related to community development issues.

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