Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University
Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions and the factors that obstruct and promote student achievement. He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at NYU. Noguera is also 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). In 2008, he was appointed by the governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
Noguera received his bachelors’ degree in sociology and history and a teaching credential from Brown University in 1981. He earned his master's degree in sociology from Brown in 1982 and received his doctorate in sociology from UC Berkeley in 1989. Noguera was a classroom teacher in public schools in Providence, Rhode Island, and Oakland, California. He has held tenured faculty appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000-2003), where he served as 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. Noguera has published more than 150 research articles, monographs and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, youth violence, the role of education in community development in national and international contexts, and race and ethnic relations in American society. He is the author of several books, including 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), Creating the Opportunity to Learn with Dr. A. Wade Boykin (ASCD, 2011) and Invisible No More: Understanding and Responding to the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males with Aida Hurtado and Edward Fergus (Routledge, 2011). Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues and other topics on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.