Professor of Education
Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

Prof. Tyrone Howard is not alone in asserting that the promise of universal education too often falls short in the U.S., especially for students of color. What sets Prof. Howard apart is his determination to find ways to help school systems and students succeed. His definitive book, Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools, builds on three studies that investigated schools successful in closing the achievement gap. Prof. Howard shows how adopting greater awareness and comprehensive understanding of race and culture can improve educational outcomes.

Prof. Howard is the director of the Black Male Institute, which seeks to identify and promote practical interventions, reliable research, effective programs, best practices and responsible policy innovations that are informed by interdisciplinary perspectives in order to improve the educational outcomes of Black males.

Research Focus

Why race and culture matters in schools: Closing the achievement gap in America’s classrooms


Ph.D., University of Washington, 1998
M.A. in Education, California State University Dominguez Hills, 1994
B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1990
Joined UCLA faculty in 2001

Selected Publications

  • Howard, Tyrone C. Black male(d): Peril and promise in the education of African American males. Teachers’ College Press. 2013.
  • Howard, Tyrone C., & Terry Flennaugh. “Research Concerns, Cautions & Considerations on Black Males in a ‘Post Racial Society'” in Race, Ethnicity, & Education, vol. 14, no. 1. Routledge. 2011.

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It is crucial to provide a counter narrative to the age-old story that has been told about young men of color. The development of this counter narrative will shine a light on a population that is rarely seen or heard — high-achieving, resilient black and Latino young men.