Publication Date: March 20, 2020
Series: Multicultural Education Series
The United States demography is changing rapidly. How are we capturing these shifts? Do the racial categories that exist accurately represent the individuals who fall into them? Have long-standing categories hindered our understanding of racial inequality? These questions are particularly significant in education, where a precise view of students—who achieves and who requires greater resources—is critical. This volume brings together the expertise of scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the current state of racial heterogeneity, data practice, and educational inequality. They offer recommendations to guide future research, practice, and policy with the goal of better understanding and meeting the needs of our diverse student population in the years to come.
Robert T. Teranishi is professor of education and codirector of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen is an assistant professor of education at Oregon State University. Cynthia M. Alcantar is an assistant professor of higher education leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. Edward R. Curammeng is assistant professor of teacher education at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
“Based on the inspirational work from the Racial Heterogeneity Project, Measuring Race brings together leading race scholars to argue for a more complex understanding of race difference within groups. Using state of the art theories, data, and methodologies, this impressive collection reminds us of diversity’s importance at the heart of progressive education precisely at the historical moment when it is threatened or derided by conservative forces. Undergraduate and graduate courses looking for a comprehensive book on race and the politics of difference cannot afford to overlook this important volume.”
—Zeus Leonardo, professor and associate dean of education, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Race Frameworks
“This landmark compendium offers us a rare opportunity for a deeper dive into understanding the intersection of race, ethnicity, diversity, equity, and inclusion on our nation’s students, institutions, and communities. At this critical time in our history, when how we understand race in America is needed now more than ever, this book is a must-read for scholars, policymakers, and anyone interested in new ways to critically analyze evidence-based strategies that remove racial and ethnic barriers to achieving greater equity and equality, and strengthen social and community cohesion.”
—Martha Kanter, executive director, College Promise Campaign, U.S. Under Secretary of Education