Jeannie Oakes is director of education and scholarship at the Ford Foundation. Until Fall 2008, she was presidential professor in educational equity at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. At UCLA, Dr. Oakes directed the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access and the University of California’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity. Her research addressed the impact of education policies on the opportunities and outcomes of low-income students of color. Dr. Oakes is the author of twenty scholarly books and monographs, and more than 125 other publications. Her book Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality (Yale University Press) was honored as one of the twentieth century’s most influential books on education. Her most recent book, edited with Marisa Saunders, is Beyond Tracking: Multiple Pathways to College, Career, and Civic Participation (Harvard Education Press).
Dr. Oakes has received three major awards, from the American Educational Research Association, the National Association for Multicultural Education’s Multicultural Research Award, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America. She is also the recipient of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Ralph David Abernathy Award for Public Service and, most recently, the 2002 World Cultural Council’s José Vasconcelos World Award in Education. Dr. Oakes is a member of the National Academy of Education.