Tyrone C. Howard, Ph.D. Co-Faculty Director; Professor of Education, UCLA School of Education and Information Studies

Tyrone C. Howard is Pritzker Family Endowed Chair and professor in the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. He is also the former Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Professor Howard’s research examines equity, culture, race, teaching, and learning. Howard is the faculty director of the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools, and he also serves as the director for the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children & Families. Howard is the President of the American Educational Research Association, an organization representing thousands of scholars across the globe.


Professor Howard has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has published several bestselling books, among them, Why Race & Culture Matters in Schools, and Black Male(d): Peril and promise in the education of African American males. Dr. Howard is considered one of the premier experts on race, culture, educational equity, and access in the country. Dr. Howard is also the Director and Founder of the Black Male Institute.


Dr Howard is a native of Compton, California where he also served as a classroom teacher. Dr. Howard was named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the university’s highest and most distinguished award for teaching excellence. Dr. Howard is one of the most frequently cited scholars in the nation on issues tied to race, equity, and educational opportunity. His research has over 11, 500 citations, and he is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, NBC, CBS, CNN, and ABC news outlets for his expert analysis. Dr. Howard serves on a number of advisory boards including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, LA’s Best, and LA Promise Fund to name a few.


In his role as Director of the UCLA Pritzker Center, Dr. Howard has led a number of initiatives connected to child welfare and racial disproportionality in foster care. He is a member of the LA County Prevention Task Force, which has charged the CEO of Los Angeles County to develop a strategic plan around prevention across Los Angeles County.

During the last five years, Dr. Howard has been listed by Education Week as one of the 200 most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice, and reform. Dr. Howard is a member of the National Academy of Education.