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A passionate advocate for urban schools

Dr. Alan R. Sadovnik, one of the nation's premier scholars of sociology of education, urban and educational reform and improvement, and the history of progressive education, is a passionate advocate of issues concerning urban education. He is co-director of the Institute on Education Law and Policy and co-director of the Newark Schools Research Collaborative. He also serves as director of the Urban Educational Policy Specialization in the Urban Systems Ph.D. Program, a joint program with New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Sadovnik's many contributions to publications include: author of Equity and Excellence in Higher Education (1995); coauthor of Exploring Education: An Introduction to the Foundations of Education (1994, 2001, 2006); editor of Knowledge and Pedagogy: The Sociology of Basil Bernstein (1995), The Sociology of Education: A Critical Reader (2007); and coeditor of Exploring Society (1987), International Handbook of Educational Reform (1992), Implementing Educational Reform: Sociological Perspectives on Educational Reform (1995), "Schools of Tomorrow," Schools of Today: What Happened to Progressive Education (1999), Sociology and Education: An Encyclopedia (2002), Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era (2002), and No Child Left Behind and the Reduction of the Achievement Gap: Sociological Perspectives on Federal Educational Policy (2007). Sadovnik also is coeditor, with Susan F. Semel, of the History of Schools and Schooling series published by Peter Lang Publishing, the Palgrave Studies in Urban Education series published by Palgrave-MacMillan and the Schooling Around the World series published by Greenwood Press.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards,Rutgers recognized him in 2010 as a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor.

In 1993 Sadovnik received the Willard Waller Award from the Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association for the best article published in the field. Moreover, three of his works, Knowledge and Pedagogy, "Schools of Tomorrow" and Founding Mothers and Others, garnered an American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award.

Joining the faculty of Rutgers University in Newark in 2000, Sadovnik received his bachelor of arts degree in sociology and education from Queens College in 1975. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from New York University in 1979 and 1983, respectively.

Hear a radio interview of Professor Alan Sadovnik, Professor Parlo Singh and Dr. Theressa Cunanan on "Education, Ethnicity and Inequality" on the Morning Brew program

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