Prudence Carter

Higher Ed

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

Prudence Carter is the dean of the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley. As a sociologist, her primary research and teaching agenda focuses on causes of and solutions to enduring social and cultural inequalities in schools and education. Carter’s expertise ranges from issues of youth identity and race, class, and gender, urban poverty, social and cultural inequality, the sociology of education and mixed research methods. Specifically, she examines academic and mobility differences shaped by the effects of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the United States and global society. Before being appointed dean at Berkeley, she was the Jacks Family Professor of Education and professor of sociology (by courtesy) at Stanford University. She was also the faculty director of John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, and the director of the Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 2007, she was associate professor of sociology at Harvard University.

A product of public schools in the Mississippi Delta, Carter received a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University; earned a master of art in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a master of philosophy and Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University.