Dr. Adam Gamoran, President, W.T. Grant Foundation
Dr. Adam Gamoran provides leadership for the William T. Grant Foundation's strategic direction and shapes its agenda and tactics as President. Since arriving at the Foundation, he launched a new initiative to support research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes, and has continued the Foundation's ongoing work to improve the use of research evidence in policy and practice decisions that affect young people.
His research focuses on educational inequality and school reform. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as by the Spencer and William T. Grant Foundations.
He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and was twice appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Board for Education Sciences. He also chairs the Board on Science Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2013, he received the Spencer Foundation Award for contributions to research on education policy from APPAM, and in 2014 he was honored with the award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education from the American Educational Research Association.
He earned his Ph.D. in education from the University of Chicago in 1984.
Dr. Gamoran's visit is being co-sponsored by the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (College of Health and Human Development), the Center for Educational Disparities Research (College of Education/SSRI), and the Population Research Institute (SSRI).