Gary Orfield

Senior Research Fellow

Gary Orfield is a Distinguished Research Professor of Education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles. He was co-founder and director of the Harvard Civil Rights Project. His research focuses on the development and implementation of social policy, with a central focus on the impact of policy on equal opportunity for success in American society. Orfield has co-authored or co-edited several books and scores of articles and reports. In addition to scholarly work, he has served as expert witness or special master in more than three dozen class action civil rights cases on school desegregation, housing discrimination, and other issues. He and various collaborators have organized amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on all the major school and affirmative action decisions over the last two decades. Orfield is a member of the National Academy of Education and has received numerous awards, including the Teachers College Medal, American Educational Research Association Social Justice Award, the American Political Science Association Charles Merriam Award, and honorary PhDs.

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  • Gary Orfield: Time for a New Civil Rights Movement

    Time for a New Civil Rights Movement

    May 24 2018
    Much was accomplished by the civil rights revolution, writes Gary Orfield, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. But gains have been lost and times have changed. In this Education and the Path to Equity blog, Orfield says we need a new agenda for a more complex society and a new vision of integration in a century where we will all soon be minorities.