Gloria Ladson-Billings is Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the 2005–2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings’s research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates critical race theory applications to education. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and many journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards.