Social Stratification, Organizations
Richard Arum is conducting research in social stratification and organizations. His work currently spans three areas. First, he is project direct of a large interdisciplinary research initiative involving several dozen scholars; the effort is integrating unprecedented amounts of data on undergraduate experiences, trajectories and outcomes to improve understanding of higher education, inform institutional improvement efforts and advance educational equity. Second, he is engaged in a set of community-based research efforts focused on workforce development, improving services to foster and housing insecure youth, and assessing the effectiveness of educational innovations. Third, Arum is providing leadership for a statewide environmental climate change literacy project that brings together the University of California system, the California State University system and community non-profit organizations to better prepare youth to understand and respond to the increasing environmental challenges confronting our planet.
Richard Arum is professor of education and (by courtesy) sociology, criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. He recently served as dean of the UCI School of Education (2016-2021), senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2013-2015); and director of the Education Research Program at the Social Science Research Council (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, 2003); 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.
Richard Arum, Jacquelynne S. Eccles, Jutta Heckhausen, Gabe Avakian Orona, Luise von Keyserlingk, Christopher M. Wegemer, Charles E. (Ted) Wright & Katsumi Yamaguchi-Pedroza (2021) A Framework for Measuring Undergraduate Learning and Growth, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 53:6, 51-59, DOI: 10.1080/00091383.2021.1987810
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.
Chair, Department of Sociology
New York University 2015—2016
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