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John Rogers

Professor, John Rogers
John Rogers
John Rogers

John Rogers is a Professor at UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies. He is Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access and Faculty Director of Center X, which houses UCLA’s Teacher Education Program, Principal Leadership Program, and professional development initiatives. Rogers studies the relationship among democracy, education, and different forms of inequality and has written widely on democratic participation and community organizing as strategies for advancing educational equity and civic renewal. Since 2016, his research has examined how political division and racial hostility affect student well-being and learning in U.S. public schools, as well as the role of democratic school leaders in forging a multiracial democracy. John Rogers is the recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Presidential Citation. He received his Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University and his B.A. in Public Policy and African American Studies from Princeton University.

Research Center

Additional Websites:

UCLA IDEA | Center X

Other Positions

  • Professor of Education, UCLA
  • Director, UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access
  • Faculty Director, UCLA Center X


  • B.A. in Public Policy and African American Studies, Princeton University.
  • Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Democracy and education
  • The politics of education
  • Educational policy
  • Democratic school leadership

Research Center Affiliations

  • UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA)

Awards, Honors and Fellowships

  • Equality in Education Award, The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. 2001.
  • Mover and Shaker Award, The Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. 2004.
  • Presidential Citation, American Educational Research Association, 2016.
  • UCLA Ed&IS Greenfield Award, research to improve elementary and secondary learning, 2021.

Select Publications

  • Kwako, A., Rogers, J., Earl, J., Kahne, J. (2023). “Principals’ responses to gun violence protests: Deter, manage, or educate for democracy?” Teachers College Record. 125:2:131-77.
  • Rogers, J. & Kahne, J. with Ishimoto, M., Kwako, A., Stern, S.C., Bingener, C., Raphael, L., Alkam, S., & Conde, Y. (2022). Educating for a Diverse Democracy: The Chilling Role of Political Conflict in Blue, Purple, and Red Communities. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access.
  • Pollock, M. ,Rogers J., Kwako A., Matschiner, A., Kendall, R., Bingener, C., Reece, E., Kennedy, B., & Howard, J. (2022). The Conflict Campaign: Exploring Local Experiences of the Campaign to Ban “Critical Race Theory” in Public K-12 Education in the U.S., 2020-2021. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access.
  • Rogers, J. (2022). “Educating for democracy in contentious times.” In Marcelo Suarez Orozco & Carola Suarez Orozco, eds. Education: Our Global Compact. Columbia University Press.