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Mike Rose

(1944 - 2021) Research Professor
UCLA Professor of Education Mike Rose
Mike Rose
(1944 - 2021) Research Professor

Mike Rose has taught in a wide range of educational settings, from elementary school to adult literacy and job training programs—and for many years administered tutorial centers and writing programs at the college level. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grawemeyer Award in Education, and awards from the Spencer Foundation, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Modern Language Association, and the American Educational Research Association. His books include Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America’s Educationally Underprepared, Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America, The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker, Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us, and Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education.

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Teaching and Research Interests


Ph.D., Education, UCLA, 1981

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • Member, National Academy of Education
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
  • The Grawemeyer Award in Education
  • Commonwealth Club of California Medal in Non-Fiction for “Exceptional Literary Achievement”

Select Publications

  • “What It Means to Care in a Classroom,” The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post. (October 13, 2020).
  • “Who Should Be Writing About Education and Isn’t?” The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post. (September 3, 2019).
  • “Writing Our Way into the Public Sphere,” Teachers College Record (v. 120, n. 10) 2018.
  • “A Powerfully Humane Element of Teaching,” The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post. (August 6, 2018).