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Adam Gamoran

President, William T. Grant Foundation

Adam Gamoran is the President of the William T. Grant Foundation, a charitable organization that supports research to improve the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States. The Foundation has two main priorities: supporting research on programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and supporting research on ways to improve the use of research evidence in policy and practice. Prior to assuming the leadership of the Foundation, President Gamoran held the John D. MacArthur Chair in Sociology and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he spent three decades engaged in research on educational inequality and school reform. Recent writing includes essays such as “The future of educational inequality: What went wrong, and how can we fix it?” (William T. Grant Foundation, 2015) and research articles including “Does racial isolation in school lead to long-term disadvantages? Labor market consequences of high school racial composition” (American Journal of Sociology, 2016).  He chaired the Independent Advisory Panel of the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education for the U.S. Department of Education, and currently chairs the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is an elected member and vice president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Education, and he was twice appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Board for Education Sciences.

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Forum 40:

Can Universities Serve the Public Good? Using Rigorous Research for Social Impact

Adam Gamoran

Held February 21, 2019

Includes video