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Pedro Noguera selected as the recipient of the 2014 SAGE-CASBS Award

November 4, 2014

Noguera to be honored at the 2014 Behavioral & Social Science Summit at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Los Angeles, CA - SAGE and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (CASBS) are delighted to announce that Dr. Pedro Noguera is the 2014 recipient of the SAGE-CASBS award. Established in 2013, the award recognizes outstanding achievement in advancing the understanding of the behavioral and social sciences as they are applied to pressing social issues.

Dr. Noguera is a sociologist and education rights activist whose transformational work helps to illuminate how schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.  He is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and holds faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development. Having served as a classroom teacher in public schools across the nation, Dr. Noguera continues to work as a researcher and advisor to schools nationally and internationally.

“Receiving the SAGE-CASBS Award is both humbling and deeply satisfying for me,” commented Dr. Noguera. “I have devoted my scholarly career to the study of pressing social problems: youth violence, school failure, urban poverty, racial disparities and many others. Drawing on theory and method from the behavioral sciences has been extremely important for my work because it has made it possible to challenge poorly conceived public policies and to counter conventional thinking that is rooted in stereotypes and biases. By utilizing empirical research to explore the complexities that underlie many pressing social issues, we can open up new possibilities for policy, practice and social action. The SAGE-CASBS award is an affirmation that this type of inquiry and scholarly endeavor is not only legitimate but extremely important. “ 
Currently, Dr. Noguera serves as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.  Previously, he was appointed by the governor of New York to the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees and in 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education.

“Dr. Noguera’s remarkable work as an academic is rivaled only by his passionate efforts to transform his research into better educational environments and opportunities for underserved students. Communicating with policymakers, with other educational decision makers, and to the broader public, he has made important progress in a larger effort to close the education gap and achieve educational justice,” commented SAGE Founder and Executive Chairman Sara Miller McCune. “Dr. Noguera embodies the mission of the SAGE-CASBS award, and we are delighted to announce him as the 2014 winner.”

"Pedro Noguera represents the very best of contemporary social science,” said CASBS Director Margaret Levi. “A distinguished Professor of Education and Sociology, he has built an outstanding research career grounded in his formative, practical experience as a classroom teacher and school board member. He is fundamentally concerned with how to make teachers and indeed the whole of society accountable for providing equal educational opportunities and for closing the achievement gap. He focuses on education as an important developmental tool for individuals and their communities.”

A regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, among others, as well as a writer for The Nation, Dr. Noguera will give a keynote speech at CASBS’ Behavioral & Social Science Summit on November 8, 2014 at Stanford University. Themed, “The City,” this year’s conference will bring together some of the world’s top social and behavioral scientists with leaders in industry, media, and the community to discuss the best means and policies for improving the urban experience.

Dr. Noguera has published hundreds of scholarly articles, monographs, research reports and editorials on topics such as urban school reform, education policy, conditions that promote student achievement, the role of education in community development, youth violence, and race and ethnic relations in American society.  He is the author of several books including City Schools and the American Dream (2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools (2006), and Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectories of African American and Latino Boys (2014) with Edward Fergus and Margary Martin.    

Driven by the belief that flourishing educational programs and engaged scholarship create healthy minds and ultimately, healthy societies, SAGE is the proud funder of the award. Since its founding in 1965, SAGE has been a passionate advocate for the social and behavioral sciences.


For more information about the 2014 Behavioral and Social Science Summit, presented by CASBS in conjunction with the Social Science Research Council, click here.


Since its founding in 1954, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University has brought together distinguished scholars in the behavioral sciences to confront societal problems worldwide. The Center is honored to count among its Fellows 22 Nobel laureates, 14 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 44 MacArthur Fellows, in addition to hundreds of members of the National Academies.

Fellows have helped develop new policies and practices in fields as diverse as medicine, education, electoral politics, crime prevention, and international development.  And they’ve played key roles in starting new interdisciplinary fields such as cognitive science and behavioral economics.

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