Pedro Noguera

Distinguished Professor

Contact Information

Email    pnoguera@gseis.ucla.edu
Office  Moore Hall 1041
Phone  (310) 206-9208
Pedro Noguera is a Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA.

Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA.  Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.    He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.  Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA he served as the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (2003 – 2015), the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000 – 2003), and the University of California, Berkeley where he was also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change (1990 – 2000). From 2009 - 2012 he served as a Trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the Governor.  In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education.  Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, from the National Association of Secondary Principals, and from the McSilver Institute at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty. 

Dr. Noguera received his bachelors’ degree in Sociology and History and a teaching credential from Brown University in 1981 and earned his masters’ degree in Sociology from Brown in 1982.  Dr. Noguera earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989.  He was a classroom teacher in public schools in Providence, RI and Oakland, CA and continues to work with schools nationally and internationally as a researcher and advisor. 


Dr. Noguera has published over 200 research articles, monographs and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, the role of education in community development, youth violence, and race and ethnic relations in American society.  His work has appeared in multiple major research journals.  Dr. Noguera is the author of several books including:  City Schools and the American Dream  (Teachers College Press, 2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools (Josey Bass, 2006), The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons, 2008), and Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap with A. Wade Boykin (ASCD, 2011). His most recent books are Excellence Through Equity” (Corwin 2015) with Alan Blankstein. 


Dr. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and other national news outlets.  

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  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., Sociology, Brown University
  • B.A., Sociology/American History, Brown University
  • Teaching Credential, Brown University

Selected Publications

Vuglarides, C. A. Alward and P.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

Noguera, P., J. Pierce and R. Ahram (Eds.) (2015) Guest editors of the Journal of Race and Social Problems, Vol. 7 No. 1.

Saeed, E. and P. Noguera (2014) “Why Parents United: Exploring the Changing Civic Landscape of Urban Education Reform” in Journal of Education and Social Justice, Vol. 13, No. 4, Winter.

Garver, R. and P. Noguera (2014) “Supported and Unsafe: The Impact of Educational Structures for Immigrant Students on School Safety” in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Fall.

Garver, R. and P. Noguera (2012) “For Safety’s Sake: A Case Study of School Security Efforts and Their Impact on Education Reform” in Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk.  Vol. 3, Issue 2, Article 5.

Noguera, P. (2013) “Urban Schools and the Black Male Challenge” in Handbook of Urban Education, edited by Kofi Lomotey and Richard Milner.

Herrera, L. and P. Noguera (2013) “The Education of Latino Students in New York” in Latinos in New York in the 21st Century, edited by Angelo Falcon. New York: Praeger Publishers.

Noguera, P. A. (2013) “Creating Schools Where Race and Class No Longer Predict Achievement” in Public Education Under Siege edited by Michael B. Katz and Mike Rose.  Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania.


  • Schools and the urban environment
  • Education and economic and social development
  • Education in other countries
  • Race and schooling
  • Immigration/migration
  • Parents and schools
  • Leadership and school reform
  • Student achievement