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UCLA SEIS Faculty Recognized as Leaders in Public Scholarship

By John McDonald
Moore Hall on UCLA Campus

Twelve UCLA scholars included in Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Twelve education scholars at UCLA have been named to the 2022 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published in Education Week by Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies for the American Enterprise Institute.  

Published annually since 2010, the rankings highlight the top 200 education scholars whose work not only influences academic research and scholarship, but that engages and impacts the nation’s public conversation about education. The rankings are based on an analysis of nine metrics intended to calculate how much university-based academics contributed to public discussions of education.

Eleven education faculty members of the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies are recognized in this year’s top 200 rankings including professors Gary Orfield, Tyrone C. Howard, Jeannie Oakes, Megan L. Franke, Eva L. Baker,  Louis M. Gomez, Patricia Gándara, Sylvia Hurtado, Mitchell Chang, John Rogers and Eddie R. Cole. H. Samy Alim, UCLA Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, is also included. 

 “The ground breaking work of our tremendously talented faculty not only shapes education research and practice, but also furthers public scholarship,” said Christina Christie, Wasserman Dean of the UCLA School of Education and information Studies. “From civil rights to the impact of racism on higher education, their efforts are shining a bright light on critical issues in education and informing public knowledge and discussion.  While these rankings acknowledge their own limitations, we are very pleased to have our scholars recognized as leaders in public scholarship.” 

With 12 UCLA scholars included in the top 200 nationwide, UCLA has more scholars included in the rankings than any other institution other than Harvard and Stanford. 

The 2022 Edu-Scholar Public Influence rankings are published in Education Week.  For more information please visit