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Learning from his experience teaching in public schools, Richard Arum gained an interest in impacting education on a higher level. Listen to how social science is used to address education policy and reform.
Richard Arum is professor with a joint appointment in sociology and education, as well as a courtesy appointment in criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). At UCI, he is the director of the Next Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project and faculty director of the Environmental Climate Change Literacy Project. He recently served as dean of the UCI School of Education, senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2013-2015; and director of the Education Research Program at the Social Science Research Council from 2006-2013, where he oversaw the development of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, a research consortium designed to conduct ongoing evaluation of the New York City public schools. He is author of Judging School Discipline: A Crisis of Moral Authority (Harvard University Press, 2013); coauthor of Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates (University of Chicago Press, 2014) and Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press, 2011); as well as coeditor of Improving Quality in American Higher Education: Learning Outcomes and Assessment for the 21st Century (Jossey Bass, 2016), Improving Learning Environments: School Discipline and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspectives (Stanford University Press, 2012), and Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007). He received a Masters of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.