Distinguished Professor
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

Professor of Education Pedro Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focus on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends. Schools are impacted by poverty in a myriad of ways, he says, and education should become a partner in systems that support poor students and families. “We talk about the achievement gap; we have an allocation gap in terms of the way we allocate resources to high-need schools.”

Prof. Noguera was a classroom teacher in public schools in Providence, R.I., and Oakland, Calif., and continues to work with schools nationally and internationally as a researcher and advisor.

Research Focus

Ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.

Degrees

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
M.A. in Sociology, Brown University, 1982
B.A. in Sociology and History, Brown University, 1981
Teaching Credential, Brown University
Joined UCLA faculty in 2015

Selected Publications

  • Voulgarides, Catherine Kramarczuk, Alexandra Aylward, and Pedro A. Noguera. (2015) ‘The Elusive Quest for Equity: An Analysis of How Contextual Factors Contribute to the Likelihood of School Districts Being Legally Cited for Racial Disproportionality in Special Education’ in Journal of Law and Society, vol. 15. Wiley. 2015.
  • Noguera, Pedro A., Jill C. Pierce, and Roey Ahram, eds. Guest editors of Journal of Race and Social Problems, vol. 7, no. 1. Springer US. 2015

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When the city of Los Angeles asks, 'What should we do to improve our schools?' the answer should be, 'UCLA has answers, they can help us.'