Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education
Phone: 212 998-5787
- Teaching and Learning
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Sociology of Education (including Education Policy)
- Teaching and Learning
Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. 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. Dr. Noguera holds faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development. He also serves as an affiliated faculty member in NYU’s Department of Sociology. Dr. Noguera is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). From 2008 - 2011, he was an appointee of the Governor of New York to the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees.
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. He has held tenured faculty appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000-2003), where he was named the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools and at the University of California, Berkeley (1990-2000), where he was also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change.
Dr. Noguera has published over 150 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 The Imperatives of Power: Political Change and the Social Basis of Regime Support in Grenada (Peter Lang Publishers, 1997), 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).
Dr. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and other national news outlets. He has received numerous awards, including the following:
- 1997 Wellness Foundation Award for Research on Youth Violence
- 1997 University of California's Distinguished Teaching Award
- 2001 Honorary Doctorate, University of San Francisco
- 2001 Centennial Medal, Philadelphia University
- 2003 Forward Magazine Gold Award (City Schools and the American Dream)
- 2003 AESA Critics Choice Book Award (City Schools and the American Dream)
- 2005 Whitney Young Award for Leadership in Education
- 2006 Eugene Carrothers Award for Public Service
- 2008 Schott Foundation Award for Research on Race and Gender
- 2008 AESA Critics Choice Book Award (The Trouble With Black Boys)
- 2009 Scholastic Corporation Education Hero Award
- 2011 Honorary Doctorate, Bank Street College
- 2012 Honorary Doctorate, Metropolitan College of New York
- Noguera, P. A., Aida Hurtado and Edward Fergus (Eds.) (2011) Understanding and Responding to the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males: Invisible No More. New York: Routledge.
- Noguera, P. A. and A. Wade Boykin (2011) Closing the Achievement: From Research to Practice. Washington, D.C.: ASCD.
- Noguera, P.A., William Ayers, Gloria Ladso_Billings and David Stovall (Eds.) (2008) City Kids, City Schools. New York: New Press.
- Noguera, P. A. (2008) The Trouble With BlackBoys and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons).
- Noguera, P., Ginwright, S., and Camarota, J. (Eds.). (2006). Beyond Resistance!: Youth Activism and Community Change . New York: Routledge.
- Noguera, P. A., & Wing, J. Y. (Eds.). (2006). Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement in Our Schools . San Francisco: Josey Bass.
- Noguera, P. and Carlos Alberto Torres (Eds.) (2008). Reinventing Paulo Freire. London: Sense Publishers
- Noguera, P. A. (2003) City Schools and the American Dream: Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education . New York: Teachers College. [Winner, Forward Magazine Award for best book in education 2003; American Association of Educational Studies, Book of the Year Award, 2005.]
- Noguera, P. A. (1997). The Imperatives of Power: Regime survival and the basis of political support in Grenada, 1951-1991. New York: Peter Lang.
Refereed Journal Articles
- Noguera, P. (2006). A Critical Response to Michael Fullan's "The Future of Educational Change: System Thinkers in Action. Journal of Educational Change, Spring.
- Goldstein, M. & Noguera, P. (2006). Designing for Diversity: How Educators Can Use Cultural Competence in Developing Substance Abuse Prevention Programs for Urban Youth” in New Directions for Youth Development, Spring 2006.
- Noguera, P. (2006) “Education, Immigration and the Future of Latinos in the United States” in Journal of Latino Studies, volume 5, number 2.
- Noguera, P. (2006) “How Listening to Students can Help High Schools to Improve”. Theory Into Practice. (in press)
- Goldstein, J. and P. Noguera (2006) “Cultivating Good Teaching: Providing Instructional Leadership Through Teacher Peer Assistance and Review” in Education Leadership, March.
- Ginwright, S. J. Camarota and P. Noguera (2005) Youth, Social Justice and Urban Communtiies. Journal of Social Justice. Vol. 32, No. 3
- Noguera, P. and R. Cohen (2006) “Patriotism and Accountability”. Phi Delta Kappan. Spring.
- Noguera, P.A. (2005) “School Reform and Second Generation Discrimination: Toward the Development of Bias-free and Equitable Schools”. Sage Journal Race Relations. Vol. 30, No. 3, August 2005.
- Noguera, P.A. (2004) “Transforming High Schools” in Educational Leadership, Vol 61, No. 8, May.
Also appeared in the “Best of Education Leadership” 2005.
- Noguera, P. A. (2004) “Racial Segregation and the Limits of Local Control in Oakland” in Teachers College Record, Fall 2004.
- Noguera, P.A. (2004) “Social Capital and the Education of Immigrant Students: Categories and Generalizations” in Sociology of Education, Vol. 77, No. 2, April 2004.
- Blankstein, A. and Noguera, P.A. (2004) “Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education” in School Administrator Journal. May.
- Noguera, P.A. (2003) “Schools, Prisons and the Social Implications of Punishment” in Theory to Practice, Vol. 42 No.4
- Noguera, P. A. (2002) Understanding the Link Between Racial Identity and Academic Achievement and Creating Schools Where that Link Can be Broken” in Sage Race Relations Abstracts, Institute of Race Relations, Vol. 27(3):5-15
- Noguera, P.A. (2001). “The Elusive Quest for Equity and Excellence.” Education and Urban Society, Vol. 34, No. 1 November, pp. 18-41.
- Noguera, P.A. (2001) “The Trouble With Black Boys: The impact of social and cultural forces on the academic achievement of African American males. In Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy.
- Noguera, P. A. (1999). Exporting the undesirable: An analysis of the factors influencing the deportation of immigrants from the United States and their impact on Caribbean and Central American societies. Wadebagai, a journal of the Caribbean and its diaspora, 2(1), 1-28.
- Noguera, P. A. (1997). Reconsidering the “crisis” of the Black male in America. Social Justice, 24(2), 147-164. [Reprinted (1998) 21st Century Policy Review.]
- Noguera, P.A. (1996). Confronting the urban in urban school reform. The Urban Review,
- Noguera, P. A. (1996). Responding to the crisis confronting California’s Black male youth: Providing support without furthering marginalization. The Journal of Negro Education, 65(2), 219-236.
- Noguera, P. A. (1995). Adult literacy and participatory democracy in revolutionary Grenada. Caribbean Quarterly, 41(2), 38-56.
- Noguera, P.A. (1995). A tale of two cities: School desegregation and racialized discourse in Berkeley and Kansas City. International Journal of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, 2(2), 48-62.
- Noguera, P. A. (1995). Charismatic leadership and popular support: An analysis of the leadership styles of Eric Gairy and Maurice Bishop. Journal of Social and Economic Studies, 44(1), 1-29.
- Noguera, P. A. (1995). Educational rights and Latinos: Tracking as a form of second generation discrimination. La Raza Law Journal, 8(1), 25-41.
- Noguera, P. A. (1995). Preventing and producing violence: A critical analysis of responses to school violence. Harvard Educational Review, 65(2), 189-212.
- Noguera, P. A. (1995). Ties that bind, forces that divide: Berkeley high school and the challenge of integration. University of San Francisco Law Review, 29(3), 719-740.
- Noguera, P. A., & Morgan, P. (1994). Taking chances, taking charge: A report on a drug abuse intervention strategy conceived, created and controlled by a community. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 14(4), 417-433.
- Noguera, P. A. (1994). Confronting the challenge of privatization in public education. Journal of Negro Education, 63(2), 237-250.
- Noguera, P. A. (1993). Simple justice gets complicated: A reassessment of desegregation efforts forty years after the Brown decision. Hastings Constitutional Law Journal, 20(3), 797-804.
- Noguera, P. A. (1992). Mass literacy as a political strategy: the role of adult education in revolutionary Grenada. International Journal of University Adult Education, XXXI(2),
- Noguera, P. A. (1983). ‘Making it in America’ - A participant observation study of Cuban refugees. Kroeber Journal of Anthropology, 1(62), 87-109
Invited Chapters in Edited Volumes
- Noguera, P. A. (2005) “And What Will Become of Children Like Miguel Fernandez? Y Que Pasara Con Jovenes Como Miguel Fernandez?” Education, Immigration and the Future of Latinos in the United States in The Future of Latinos in the United States edited by Juan Flores and Renato Rosaldo. New York: Basic Books.
- Noguera, P.A. (2004) Standards for What, Accountability for Whom? Re-thinking standards-based reform” in Holding Accountability Accountable edited by Ken Sirotnik. Teachers College Press.
- Conchas, G. and Noguera, P. A. (2004) Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood, edited by Niobe Way and Judy Chu (New York University Press).
- Noguera, P.A. (2004) “Going Beyond the Slogans and Rhetoric” in Letters to the Next President: What We Can Do About the Real Crisis in Public Education. New York: Teachers College Press.
- Noguera, P.A. (2003) “Responses to Street Scripts” in What They Don’t Learn in School, edited by Jabari Mahiri. New York: Peter Lang.
- Noguera, P. A. (2003) ‘Welcome to New York, Now Go Home” Multiple Forces Within the Urban Environment and Their Impact Upon Recent Mexican Immigrants In New York City” in Immigrants and Schooling: Mexicans in New York, edited by Regina Cortina and Monica Gendreau. New York: Center for Migration Studies.
- Noguera, P. A. (2003) “Anything But Black: Bringing Politics Back to the Study of Race” in Problematizing Blackness, edited by Percy C. Hintzen and Jean Muteba Rahier New York: Routledge.
- Noguera, P.A. (2003) “Joaquin’s Dilemma: Understanding the Link Between Racial Identity and School-related Behaviors”. In Adolescents at School: Perspectives on Youth, Identity, edited by Michael Sadowsky, Harvard Education Press.
- Noguera, P. A. (2003) “Racial Isolation and the Limits of Local Control as a Means of Holding Schools Accountable” in Youth and Work in the Post-Industrial City of North America and Europe. Edited by Laurence Roulleau-Berger. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.
- Noguera, P.A. (2001). “The Limits of Charisma: Grenada’s Eric Gairy (1922-97) and Maurice Bishop (1944-83): Intellectual and Political Biographies.” In A. Allahar (ed), Caribbean Charisma. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers.
- Noguera, P.A. (2001). “The Role of Research in Challenging Racial Inequality in Education.” In L. Roulleau-Berger and M. Gauthier (eds) “les jeunes et l’emploi dans les villes d’Europe et d’AmErique du Nord.” Edited in Editions de l’Aube.
- Noguera, P. A. (2001). “Challenging racial inequality in education.” In Laurence Burger (Ed), Comparative Perspectives on Youth, Employment and Democracy. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Noguera, P.A. (2001). “Finding Safety Where We Least Expected it: The Role of Social Capital in Preventing Violence in Schools.” In W. Ayers and R. Ayers (Eds), Beyond Zero Tolerance. New York: Teachers College Press.
- Noguera, P. A. (2001). “Listen first: How student perspectives on violence can be used to create safer schools.” In V. Polakow (Ed), Violence in children's lives. New York: Teachers College Press.
- Noguera, P. A. (2001). “Transforming urban schools through investments in the social capital of parents.” In Social capital in poor communities. S. Saegert, J. Phillip Thompson and M. Warren (Eds.),New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press.
- Noguera, P. A. (2000). “Where Race and Class are not an Excuse.” In W. Ayers and M. Klonsky (Eds), A Simple Justice. New York: Teachers College Press.
- Noguera, P. A. (1997). “Building school and university partnerships based upon mutual benefit and respect.” In N. H. Gabelko (Ed.), Cornerstones of collaboration. Berkeley, CA: National Writing Project Corporation.
- Noguera, P. A. (1996). “The significance of school choice to African Americans.” In F. C. Jones-Wilson, C. A. Asbury, M. Okazawa-Rey, D. Kamili-Anderson, S. M. Jacobs, & M. Fultz (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of African American Education. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
- Noguera, P. A. (1995). “Education and popular culture in the Caribbean: youth resistance in a period of economic uncertainty.” In A. Ruprecht (Ed.), The reordering of culture: Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada in the hood. Ottawa, Canada: Carleton University Press.
- Noguera, P. A. (1995). “Coming to terms with violence in schools.” In D. Levine, R. Lowe, R. Peterson, & R. Tenorio (Eds.), Rethinking schools: An agenda for change. New York: The New Press. [Reprinted (1995) in Violence, edited by the staff of Greenhaven Press.]
- Noguera, P. A. (1995). “Preventing and producing violence: A critical analysis of responses to school violence.” In J.H. Ballantine & J.Z. Spade (Eds), Schools & Society. New York: Wadsoworth, 2001.
- Noguera, P. A. (1994). “Democratization and foreign intervention: Applying the lessons of Grenada to Nicaragua and Panama.” In C. Edie (Ed.), Democracy in the Caribbean. New York: Praeger Press.
- Noguera, P. “Why Pressure Alone is not Enough to Help Troubled Schools”. Commentary, Teachers Colle Record, May 16, 2005.
- Noguera, P. “Are We Ready for Parent Involvement?”, Los Angeles Times, Opinion Page editorial, June 11, 2005.
- Noguera, P. A. (2004) “Social Class, But What About the Schools?” A Critical response to Social Class and Schools by Richard Rothstein in Poverty and Race, Vol. 13, No. 5, Sept/Oct.
- Noguera, P.A. and J. Aronson (2004) “Closing the Black-White Opportunity Gap” in Contexts, Summer.
- Noguera, P. A. “Where to Next? The Nation’s Pursuit of Integrated Schooling” in NewsLeader, Vol 51, No. 9, May 2004 “The Legacy of All Deliberate Speed” in Education Week, Volume XXIII, Number 37, May 19, 2004
- Noguera, P. A. and Robby Cohen “A Return to Plessy?” in The Nation, May 3, 2004.
- Noguera, P. A. and Robby Cohen “Reflections on School Integration 50 years After Brown” in Education Week, May., 2004.
- Noguera, P.A. “The Leaders We Must Have” in Horace, Journal of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Vol. 19, No. 3, Spring 2003
- Noguera, P. A. “Blaming or Saving Disadvantaged Youth: The Social Context of Risk and Resilience” published as part of the conference proceedings of the National Conference on Risk and Resilience. Cambridge, MA October 24, 2002.
- Noguera, P. (forthcoming in 2003) “The Crisis of the Black Male” in The Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinity, edited by Michael Kimmel.
- Noguera, P. A. (2003) “How Racial Identity Affects School performance” in Harvard Education Letter, March/April, Vol. 19, No. 2
- Noguera, P.A. (2002) “Taking on the Tough Issues: the Role of Educational Leaders in Restoring Public Faith in Public education” in Leadership in Changing Times, Monograph of Women Administrators Conference. Edited by Helen C. Sobehart, Duquesne University. Published by School of Education Leadership Institute and the American Association of School Administrators, February 2003.
- Noguera, P. A. (2003) The Impact of September 11th on Caribbean Socieites. In Caribbean Perspectives, January.
- Noguera, P. and E. Brown (2002) “Educating the New Majority” The Boston Globe, September 24.
- Noguera, P. A. (2002) “Zero Tolerance for School Violence” in Ed.Vol. XLVI, No. 2, Fall.
- Noguera, P. A. (2002) “The Role of Schools of Education in Transforming Inner-City Schools” in Transforming Urban Education: Community, Equity and Access. Buffalo, N.Y.: SUNY Press.
- Noguera, P. A. (2002) Beyond Size: The Challenge of School reform” in Educational Leadership, Volume 59, No. 5, February
- Noguera, P.A., A. Okahara and J. Wing (2000) Organizing Against Racial Inequality: The Berkeley High School Diversity Project. In Toward a collective wisdom: forging successful educational partnerships, Nina Hirsch Gabelko, editor. Berkeley, CA: Eco Center, Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley.
- Noguera, P. (2000) When parents want out. The Courier, Unesco November 2000.
- Noguera, P.A. and Akom, A. Disparities Demystified. In The Nation. June 25, 2000. Vol. 270, No. 22
- Noguera, P.A. (1999) Developing Systems to drive student success. In Systems for Student Success. Sacramento, CA: California Professional Development Consortia, November.
- Noguera, P.A. (1999) Equity in Education: What Difference Can Teachers make? In Standards to Support Teachers’ Growth. Sacramento, CA: California Professional Development Consortia, October.
- Noguera, P. A. (1999). Confronting the challenge of diversity. The School Administrator, 56(5), 16-18.
- Noguera, P.A. (1999). “The Role of Research in Challenging Racial Inequality in Education.”
- Noguera, P. A., & Worrell, F. (1998). The crisis of the Black male in the English-speaking Caribbean. Caribbean Perspectives, 25-31.
- Noguera, P. A. (1997). No excuses accepted: How one urban district succeeds where others fail. Education Week, November 5, 1997, 36; 38.
- Noguera, P. A. (1996). In defense of Affirmative Action. In Motion Magazine, an on-line publication (http://www.inmotionmagazine.com).
- Noguera, P. A. (1996). Fortress mentality is not a cure for school violence. School Board News, 16(1), 2.
- Noguera, P. A. (1996). The critical state of violence prevention. The School Administrator, 53(2), 8-13.
- Noguera, P.A. (2004) Pathways to Student Success: Final District-wide Report. Funded by the National Science Foundation and Nellie Mae Foundation.
- Noguera, P.A. (2003) A Plan for Linking Schools to Social Services in Los Angeles County. Funded by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
- Noguera, P. A. and Sanborn, J. (2002) Pathways to Student Success: Report on Student
Experiences at Ten High Schools in the Boston Metropolitan Area. Funded by the National Science Foundation and Nellie Mae Foundation.
- Noguera, P.A. and Miranda Bliss (2001) Youth Leadership and Inter-group Violence:
Final Evaluation report of Youth Together, Submitted to Arts, research and Curriculum, Oakland, CA
- Noguera, P.A., Araujo, M., Mo, K. H., Robles, R., & Sanders, D. (2001). Final year
report on the new student admissions policy at Lowell High School. Prepared for Superintendent of Schools, Waldemar Rojas, SFUSD. .
- Noguera, P. A., Bliss, M. (2001). School violence reduction initiative: Youth Together Project. Final year Report. Berkeley, CA: Center on Diversity & Urban School Reform, University of California., Berkeley, December 1998.
- Noguera, P., Routé-Chatmon, L., & Williams, J. (1999). Berkeley High School Diversity Project. Project report. Berkeley, CA: University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Education and Berkeley High School.
- Noguera, P. A., Johnson, J., Terriquez, V., & Johnson, E. (1999). School violence reduction initiative: Youth Together Project. First year Report. Berkeley, CA: Center on Diversity & Urban School Reform, University of California., Berkeley, December 1998.
- Noguera, P., Adams, R., & Razai, K. (1998). Youth Together: An evaluation of the first year of operation. Prepared for Arts, Curriculum, Oakland, CA, November 1998.
- Noguera, P.A., Araujo, M., Mo, K. H., Robles, R., & Sanders, D. (1998). Second year report on the new student admissions policy at Lowell High School. Prepared for Superintendent of Schools, Waldemar Rojas, SFUSD. November 1998.
- Noguera, P A., Araujo, M., Mo, K.-H., Robles, R., & Sanders, D. (1997). Report on the new student admissions policy at Lowell High School. Prepared for Waldermar Rojas, Superintendent of Schools, San Francisco Unified School District.
- Noguera, P. A. (1996). Preventing and reducing youth violence: An analysis of causes and an assessment of successful programs. Woodland Hills, CA: California Wellness Foundation.
- Noguera, P. A., Aboitiz, A., Arenas, A., George, S., & Howard, E. (1994). Factors influencing patterns of academic achievement among Latino students: An assessment of educational programs and a prescription for change. Berkeley, CA: Chicano/Latino Policy Project, University of California, Berkeley.
- Noguera, P. A. (1992). Violence prevention and the Latino population: An analysis of patterns and trends and prescriptions for effective intervention. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control.
- Noguera, P. A. (1985). Education and social responsibility. In Learning to teach: A handbook for teaching assistants at Berkeley. Berkeley, CA: Graduate Assembly, University of California, Berkeley.
- Goldberg, L., Donahue, M., Noguera, P. A., & Shandera, M. (1985). Adult illiteracy in the workplace, employment and job training. Sacramento, CA: Librarian of the State of California.
- Noguera, P. A. (1982). Adult education in Grenada: A progress report on phase 1 of the national literacy campaign. St. Georges, Grenada: Center for Population Education.
Partial List of Presentations
- “Closing The Achievement Gap In Schools”, The 9th Annual Principals’ Center for Educational Leadership, Princeton, NJ July 11, 2001.
- “Leading School Improvement.” Keynote presentation on Defining School Improvement and Describing Leadership. Fourth Annual National Principals Leadership Institute. Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus, NY. July 9, 2001
- “The Civil Rights Project: Community Training Institute on Racial Justice in K-12 Education.” Presentation about School Discipline and Zero Tolerance Policies. Harvard University Cambridge, MA May 5, 2001.
- “Knowing Our Students Well: Personalizing the educational experience.” Keynote speaker, The Center for Collaborative Education and the Massachusetts Coalition of Essential Schools Network. Worcester, MA April 6, 2001.
- “A Public Education, Civil Rights and the Reproduction of Racial Inequality.” Keynote lecture in :Conversations in African-American Studies” at Columbia University, NY February 9, 2001.
- “What Difference Do Teachers Make: The Role of Teachers in Eliminating the Achievement Gap.” Featured speaker at Quality Mentoring: Staying the Course Towards Excellence and Equity. Third Annual Symposium on Teacher Induction. San Jose, CA February 1, 2001.
- “ Confronting the “Crisis” in Urban Education.” Lecture on Issues in Urban Education at University of Southern California, CA January 24, 2001.
- “ Pride and Hypocrisy: Men of Color in Elite Educational Institutions.” Featured speaker for the People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Nashville, TN December 8, 2000
- "The Role of School-University Collaborations in Promoting Educational Equity in Public Schools, " keynote speaker, UC ACCORD Conference 2000, "Education and Equity: Research, Policy, and Practice," Hayes Conference Center, San Jose, California. October 22, 2000.
- "Equity in Education: What Difference Can Teachers Make?" Using Standards to Support Teachers' Growth Throughout Their Careers, 1999 Professional Development Conference for Mentors and Teacher Leaders, Sacramento, CA, March 15-17, 1999.
- "Developing Systems to Drive Student Success." Systems for Student Success, Asilomar 1999 conference, February 17, 1999.
- "The Influence of Culture on Patterns of Juvenile Delinquency." Keynote presentation to California Association of Superior Court Investigators, May 9, 1997.
- "Why School Restructuring Hasn't Created Educational Equity." Keynote address, California School Restructuring Conference, May 8, 1997.
- "Building a Safety Net for Urban Students." Keynote lecture, Foundation Consortium Board of Directors Retreat, April 28, 1997.
- "Preventing Violence in Schools." Featured presentation, National Association of School Psychologists, April 16, 1997.
- "Diversity and School Reform: Why Aren't the Two Linked?" Keynote lecture, EdSource,
20th Anniversary Conference, March 28, 1997.
- "Building Partnerships Between School and Community in Urban Areas." UC Office of the President, Urban School Collaborative Conference.
- "Strategies for Preventing Youth Violence." The Commonwealth Club of California. Invited lecture, November 20, 1996.
- "Responding to the Crisis of the Black Male: Support without Further Marginalization." Davies Lecture, University of San Francisco, November 7, 1996.
- "Learning to Live Together: Cultural Diversity and Effective Educational Practices." Lawndale School District and Lawndale Teachers Association, October 6, 1996.
- "Education, Culture, and the Limits and Possibilities of School Success." Conference paper presented at International Sociological Association, June 21, 1996.
- "Confronting the Urban in Urban Education." Keynote lecture presented at the Youth Development and Family Support Conference, San Francisco, May 16, 1996.
- "Alternative Strategies for Addressing School Violence." Keynote presentation to the Center for Language Minority Research at Long Beach State University, April 19, 1996.
- "Current Challenges to School Desegregation." Conference paper presented at the Pacific Sociological Association., March 22, 1996.
- "The Role of Public Policy in Reducing the Incidence of Youth Violence." Keynote address presented to the Violence Prevention Forum sponsored by the California Wellness Foundation, March 12, 1996.
- "Asian Americans and Affirmative Action." Plenary presentation at the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education conference, March 9, 1996.
- "Affirmative Action: Reverse Discrimination or Public Policy Imperative." Invited lecture presented at Mt. Holyoke College, February 29, 1996.
- "Violence Research and Social Policy." Invited lecture presented at Charles Drew Medical School, Los Angeles, CA, January 1996.
- "Overcoming the Challenge of Diversity in the Classroom." A staff development workshop presented to Willard Junior High School, Berkeley, CA September 1994 and January 1995.
- "The Teacher As Anthropologist: The Importance of Culture in Education." Keynote address presented to the United Teachers of Los Angeles, September 5, 1994.
- "Its Not As Bad As It Seems: The Resilience of African American Families in the Oakland-Berkeley Area" Keynote Address presented to Children's Hospital, August 11, 1994.
- "Education, Culture and School Success." Keynote address presented at the 17th Annual Leadership Conference of the Napa-Solano Educational Leadership Council, August 19, 1994.
- "Learning to Live Together: Cultural Diversity and Effective Educational Practices." Presented to the Lawndale School District and Lawndale Teachers Association, October 6, 1994.
- "Education and Social Adaptation Among West Indian Immigrants in the U.S.: An Analysis of Patterns and Trends." Paper presented at Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, November 11, 1994.
- "Confronting the Urban in Urban Education." Lecture presented to the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento December 6, 1994.
- "Education and Popular Culture in the Caribbean." Panel presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society, San Diego, March 1994.
- "Culture As An Issue in Urban School Reform" Keynote Address to the Urban Issues Forum of the California Federation of Teachers, February, 1994.
- "Preventing Violence in Schools By Challenging Its Normalcy." Panel presentation at the Pacific Sociological Association, April, 1994.
- "Education and Youth Resistance in the Caribbean". Panel presentation at the Canadian Association of Latin American Studies, October, 1993.
- "Tracking as a Form of Second Generation Discrimination." Panel presentation at on conference on Civil Rights and Immigration in the 1990s sponsored by the Latino Policy Project and the La Raza Law Journal.
- "Violence Prevention and Social Control." Visiting lecture presented to The Colorado College, December 1993.
- "Overcoming Culture As An Obstacle to Achievement in Mathematics." Keynote address presented to math teachers in the Oakland Unified School District, September 1993.
- "The Use and Limitations of Charisma in Attaining and Maintaining Political Power". Presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association, St. George's Grenada, May 1992.
- "Expanding the Discourse: Multicultural Approaches to Curriculum Reform." Presented to the Center for the Study of the Humanities, Berkeley, CA April 1992.
- "Beyond Zero-Sum Scenarios: Affirmative Action and Social Justice in the Workplace." .Presented to the California Association of Affirmative Action Officers, Oakland, CA, May 1992.
- "Education for the 21st Century: Confronting the Challenges of the Multicultural Classroom." Jing Lyman Lecture Series, sponsored by the Center for Women's Studies, Stanford University, March 1992.
- "Conflict in the Corridors: Patterns of Racial Conflict in Urban High Schools." Inman Page Lecture, Brown University, Providence, R.I., March 1992.
- "Schools in Cities: Building Partnerships for Mutual Benefit." Presented to SUPER (School University Partnership for Educational Reform), Berkeley, CA, November 1991.
- "Legal Services for Diverse Populations." Keynote Address Presented to the California Legal Aid Association, San Diego, CA March 1991.
- "Addressing the Needs of At-Risk Youth." Presented to the Fresno Unified School District, Fresno, CA, March 1991.
- "The Changing Face of Race Relations." Presented to the California Policy Seminar and the California Senate Office of Research, Sacramento, CA, October 1990.
- "The Basis of Regime Support in Grenada" Presented at the 86th annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, September 1990.