Dr. Howard is considered one of the premier experts on educational equity and access in the country. He was the inaugural director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, which is a campus-wide consortium examining academic, mental health, and social-emotional experiences and challenges for California’s most vulnerable youth populations. Professor Howard’s research examines equity, culture, race, teaching, and learning.
Professor Howard has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has published several bestselling books, among them, Why Race & Culture Matters in Schools and Black Male(d): Peril and promise in the education of African American males. His most recent book, All Students Must Thrive, focuses on equity, race, trauma, and learning, and has become a must-read for all educators. In 2019, Howard was listed by Education Week as one of the 60 most influential scholars in the nation, informing educational policy, practice, and reform.