Prudence Carter

Dean, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley

Prudence Carter is Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. Her research agenda focuses on causes of and solutions to enduring social and cultural inequalities among social groups, especially in education and schooling. Specifically, she examines academic and mobility differences influenced by the dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the US and global society. Her expertise spans issues of youth identity and educational well-being; urban poverty; social and cultural inequality, and the sociocultural and organizational contexts of schools.

Dean Carter is the author the award-winning, Keepin’ It Real: School Success beyond Black and White (2005), and Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. & South African Schools (2012) and co-editor of Closing the Opportunity Gap: What American Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance (2013), all published by Oxford University Press, along with numerous articles and book chapters. She is an elected a member of the National Academy of Education, the Sociological Research Association, and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the William T. Grant Foundation where she chairs the Program Committee.

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