Prudence Carter

Higher Ed

  • Achievement gap
  • Federal policy
  • Gender
  • Poverty
  • Race and diversity
  • State policy

Prudence L. Carter is professor of education and sociology and faculty director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University. Carter’s research and teaching expertise are in the areas of inequality and the sociology of education with a particularly focus on race, ethnicity, class, gender, culture and identity. She is the author of the award-winning book, “Keepin’ It Real: School Success beyond Black and White,” published by Oxford University Press in 2005, as well as other books, numerous other journal articles, book chapters and essays. Carter holds a doctorate and master’s in sociology from Columbia University, a master’s in sociology and education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University. Carter is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and serves on the boards of trustees of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and the William T. Grant Foundation.