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Presidential Professor Emerita, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles; MA, California State University–Los Angeles; BA, San Diego State University

Author/Co-author of: Teaching to Change the World (5th ed., 2018); Beyond Tracking: Can Multiple High School Pathways Prepare All Students for College, Career, and Civic Participation (2008); Learning Power: Organizing for Education and Justice (2006); Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality (2nd ed., 2005); Multiplying Inequalities: The Effects of Race, Social Class, and Tracking on Opportunities to Learn Mathematics and Science (1990)

Dr. Jeannie Oakes is Presidential Professor Emerita in Educational Equity at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She previously taught courses in urban school policy and history in the Urban Schooling division of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. In 2000, she founded and was director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access (IDEA), with the goal of using UCLA’s research capacity and commitment to bring together diverse communities of Los Angeles to address critical issues in public education.

Oakes also was former director of the University of California’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity (ACCORD), as well as the founding director of Center X, where educators develop programs to support K–12 teachers and administrators committed to social justice and instructional excellence. Oakes’ research focused on schooling inequalities and followed the progress of educators and activists seeking socially just schools.

In November 2008, Oakes left UCLA to join the Ford Foundation as its Director of Education and Scholarship, for which she served a 6-year term. Currently, she also is Senior Fellow in Residence at the Learning Policy Institute, concentrating on projects related to deeper learning, teacher preparation, and resource equity.

Oakes was appointed in 2016 by President Obama to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences, which oversees federal policy and serves as an advisory to the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. Of her appointment through 2019, Oakes said, “I would like to see a stronger and more explicit focus on supporting research on issues of race and social justice.”

Honored throughout her career, Oakes has received four major awards from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as well as earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Education Research Association, the Multicultural Research Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education's, the Jose Vasconcellos World Award in Education, and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America, among others.

A past president of AERA, Oakes is a member of the National Academy of Education. She has written more than 100 book chapters, research reports, and articles and more than 15 books exploring the themes of democracy and equality in American schools.

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