Russell Rumberger
Professor, Department of Education


  • Education law
  • Graduation rate
  • High schools
  • Hispanic students
  • Mobility

Russell Rumberger is a professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on education and work, the schooling of disadvantaged students – particularly school dropouts and linguistic minority students – and school effectiveness. He has served on three National Research Council committees.  He co-authored the USDOE Dropout Prevention Practice Guide in 2008. He is author of “Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It,” published by Harvard University Press in 2011. He currently directs the California Dropout Research Project. Rumberger received a doctorate in education and a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2013 he was made a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and received the Elizabeth G. Cohen Distinguished Career in Applied Sociology of Education Award from the Sociology of Education SIG, American Educational Research Association.