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Jeannie Oakes

Jeannie Oakes is Presidential Professor Emeritus in Educational Equity at UCLA, where she founded UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access; the University of California’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity; and Center X, UCLA’s urban teacher preparation program.

In 2014, Jeannie moved to Santa Fe with her husband, Martin Lipton, after completing a six-year term at the Ford Foundation as Director of Educational Opportunity and Scholarship programs worldwide. Currently, she is Senior Fellow in Residence at the Learning Policy Institute, a nonprofit that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape policies that improve learning for every child, pre-K through high school. Her research examines the effect of social policies on the education of low-income students of color, and it investigates equity-minded reform.

Jeannie’s books include Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality, Becoming Good American Schools: The Struggle for Civic Virtue in Education Reform (with UCLA colleagues), and Learning Power (with UCLA colleagues). 

Jeannie has received four major awards from the American Educational Research Association: Early Career, Outstanding Research Article, Outstanding Book, and Social Justice in Education Research. She also holds the following awards: Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Educational Research Association, the Multicultural Research Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education, Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America, World Cultural Council’s Jose Vasconcelos Award in Education, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Ralph David Abernathy Award for Public Service.  

Jeannie is the Immediate Past President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) an organization of 25,000 research professionals and a member of the National Academy of Education.  Jeannie joined the LANL Foundation board in 2016.