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Sean Reardon awarded Carnegie fellowship for work on education inequity

April 26, 2017
By Carrie Spector
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Sean Reardon was named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. (Photo: Marc Franklin)
Stanford education professor is recognized for the “promise and potential impact” of his research.

Sean Reardon, endowed Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education, has been named a 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow for his research into educational opportunity and achievement gaps in America.

The Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program, established in 2015 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, recognizes and supports scholars whose work in the social sciences and humanities addresses challenges to democracy and international order.

Reardon is one of 35 recipients of a fellowship through the program this year. The award provides each scholar with a grant of up to $200,000 toward a project such as a book or major study.

“It is inspiring to see proposals to carry out exceptionally high-caliber research on an extraordinary range of important topics,” said Susan Hockfield, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and chair of the American Carnegie Fellows Program jury, in an announcement from the Carnegie Corporation. “As a lifelong scientist, I know firsthand what a difference a fellowship can make in developing the potential of a research plan and the continued growth of a scholar.”

Reardon, who joined the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2004, investigates the causes, patterns, trends and consequences of social and educational inequality. He heads up the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA), an initiative harnessing data on the patterns of achievement and achievement gaps in every school district in the United States. The archive helps scholars, policymakers, educators and others learn about the policies and contexts that are most effective at increasing educational opportunity.

Reardon is also a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). In addition, he serves on the board of the National Academy of Education and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

For more information about the Carnegie fellowship and this year’s recipients, see the program’s website.