Fourteen from UCLA Selected to Annual List of Publicly Influential Scholars

Annual list published in Education Week highlights UCLA faculty among national experts on the most urgent issues in education.

Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco and 14 UCLA faculty members comprise the largest number of scholars from the University of California system selected to the 2020 “Rick Hess Straight Up Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” which is published annually in Education Week. UCLA is one of three universities with the highest number of faculty – alongside Harvard and Stanford – to make the annual list. 

Along with Dean Suárez-Orozco, 13 UCLA Education professors – and H. Samy Alim, David O. Sears Presidential Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences and a UCLA professor of anthropology and African American studies – are featured on a list of 201 scholars as selected by Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and Ed Week blogger. 

UCLA GSE&IS is represented by Eva Baker, Megan Franke, Patricia Gándara, Louis Gomez, Tyrone Howard, Sylvia Hurtado, Pedro Noguera, Jeannie Oakes, Gary Orfield, John Rogers, Mike Rose, and Carola Suárez-Orozco. Professors Noguera and Orfield are ranked in the top 20. 

“Scholars at GSE&IS are the forefront of basic, applied, and translational research, their respective domains of scholarship,” says Dean Suárez-Orozco. “While all such rankings have their inherent limitations, it is nevertheless gratifying to see our colleagues in the UCLA Department of Education once again lead the way — along with Harvard and Stanford — in the 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Rankings by Ed Week.”

Hess follows a rubric of nine categories, including Google Scholar score; number of books on Amazon and Amazon’s ranking of books; syllabus points; mentions in education press, newspapers, online media, and congressional record; and Twitter score.

To view the 2020 “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings” in Education Week, visit this link.