PhD, University of California, Berkeley; MA, Brown University; BA, Brown University

Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Author of: Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectories of African American and Latino Males (2014); Understanding and Responding to the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males: Invisible No More (2011); Closing the Achievement Gap: From Research to Practice (2011); Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males (2011); The Trouble With Black Boys: Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (2008); City Schools and the American Dream: Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education (2003)

Dr. Pedro A. Neguera is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA. Before joining UCLA in 2015, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2003–2015), Harvard University (2000–2003), and the University of California, Berkeley (1990–2000). From 2009–2012, he served in the role of Trustee for the State University of New York as an appointee of the governor.

As a distinguished educator and sociologist, Noguera’s scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends. He has served as an advisor and engaged in collaborative research with large urban school districts throughout the United States.

Born in New York City, Noguera attended public schools in Brooklyn and Long Island. A former public school teacher in Providence, Rhode Island, and Oakland, California, he believes that districts need to engage students of all diversities and income levels. He lauds veteran teachers who have taken the lead in teaching needy students as well as high achievers.

Noguera’s many honors include several honorary doctorates as well as major awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, the National Association of Secondary Principals, and the McSilver Institute, and he received the Education Justice Award from the Educational Law Center at Rutgers University. In 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Education. KDP invited Noguera to the Laureate Chapter in 2011.

Noguera is widely published and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. He received an AESA Critics Choice Book Award for his books The Trouble With Black Boys (2008) and City Schools and the American Dream (2003). Hundreds of his writings on urban school reform, education policy, youth violence, race and ethnic relations, and more have been published in journals and in other capacities.