Kenji Hakuta


  • Common Core
  • English language learners
  • Research and methodology

Kenji Hakuta teaches at Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education, where he has been on the faculty since 1989, except for three years (2003-2006) when he left to start the University of California, Merced. At Stanford, he holds an endowed chair as the Lee L. Jacks professor. His areas of teaching and research are in the education of English-language learners, second language acquisition, education policy and practice, and research methods. For the past few years, Hakuta has been increasingly consumed by matters related to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the related English Language Proficiency Standards. He got his start in the standards movement through leading the Stanford Working Group in 1992, which developed recommendations during the first phase of standards-based reform during the Clinton administration.