Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Adam Gamoran is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies and director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on inequality in education and school reform. As chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Highly Successful Schools or Programs in K–12 Education, Gamoran led the development of the committee’s report, Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (National Academy Press, 2011). He is also the lead author of Transforming Teaching in Math and Science: How Schools and Districts Can Support Change (Teachers College Press, 2003), editor of Standards-Based Reform and the Poverty Gap: Lessons for No Child Left Behind (Brookings Institution Press, 2007), and co-editor of Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007). Gamoran has also published widely in academic journals in sociology and education, and in outlets for educational practitioners. His research and training activities are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He has served on a variety of national panels, and is currently a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education. He also chairs the Independent Advisory Panel of the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education for the U.S. Department of Education, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in education at the University of Chicago in 1984.