Richard Arum

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Dean; Professor of Sociology and Education
School of Education

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996, Sociology
M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1988, Teaching and Curriculum
B.A., Tufts University, 1985, Political Science

Phone: (949) 824-8026

University of California, Irvine
3231 Education
Mail Code: 5500
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Legal and Institutional Environments of Schools, Social Stratification, Digital Education
Research Abstract
My research is focused on education, social stratification and formal organizations. In this vein, I have studied stratification patterns across tertiary systems, the transition between college and the labor market, and the quality of American higher education institutions. Also, as Director of the Education Research Program at the Social Science Research Council, I participated in the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) longitudinal study, which identified variation in the development of generic higher order skills of a recent cohort of American college students. I have also conducted extensive research on K-12 education. Specifically, I have analyzed student achievement gaps by race and class, school segregation and stratification, the effects of legal and institutional environments, and the evolution of discipline in American schools. Currently, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, I am studying the relationships between neighborhood disadvantage, digital media and educational outcomes. My research on educational interventions is designed to identify policies and practices that could mitigate the relationship between social background, disadvantaged neighborhood context and educational outcomes.
Arum, Richard, Josipa Roksa and Amanda Cook, eds. 2016. Improving Quality in American Higher Education: Learning Outcomes and Assessments for the 21st Century. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
Arum, Richard and Josipa Roksa. 2014. Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Arum, Richard and Melissa Velez, eds. 2012. Improving Learning Environments: School Discipline and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspective. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.
Arum, Richard and Josipa Roksa. 2011. Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Shavit, Yossi, Richard Arum and Adam Gamoran, eds. 2007. Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.
Arum, Richard and Walter Mueller, eds. 2004. The Resurgence of Self-Employment: A Comparative
Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Arum, Richard with Irenee Beattie, Richard Pitt, Jennifer Thompson, Sandra Way. 2003. Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority in American Schools. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Other Experience
Chair, Department of Sociology
New York University 2015—2016

Senior Fellow
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundaiton 2013—2015

Program Director, Education Research
Social Science Research Council 2005—2013

Interim Director, Institute for Human Development in Social Context
New York University 2012—2013

Director of Research, Steinhart School of Education
New York University 2004—2005

Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions
New York University 2001—2004

Professor, Department of Sociology (with joint appointment School of Educaiton)
New York University 2000—2016

Associate Professor, joint appointment in Sociology and Education
New York University 2000—2003

Assistant Professor, Sociology Department
University of Arizona 1996—2000

Instructor, Teacher Education Program
Holy Names College 1990—1995

Oakland Unified School System 1986—1992

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