Richard Sander

Richard Sander is an economist and law professor at UCLA, where he has taught since 1989.  His work examines the intersection of law and social policy, and he has worked at the local and national levels on income inequality and fair housing. He has also studied the operation of affirmative action programs in higher education and is probably best known for his work contending that large admissions preferences often have counterproductive effects. In 1998, he published the first detailed evaluation of a class-based affirmative action program, and in early 2005 published “A Systemic Analysis of Affirmative Action in American Law Schools.” Since then, he has led a coalition of scholars and public interest lawyers pressing for greater transparency in higher education. These efforts have produced important court victories, significant new releases of data, and contributed to new research on the factors shaping college and postgraduate success for minority students and students of low socioeconomic status. Sander is now completing a book for Harvard University Press on the sources of, and solutions for, high levels of urban housing segregation.