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Ladson-Billings elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 18, 2018

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced April 18 that three faculty members from UW-Madison were elected to the 2018 class of members, including the School of Education’s Gloria Ladson-Billings.

Ladson-Billings, a professor emerita, is currently serving a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education and was recently honored in New York with the American Educational Research Association’s 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award.

Gloria Ladson-Billings
Prior to her retirement from the university in January, Ladson-Billings held the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and was a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy honors leaders in science, the arts, business and American life. Other members elected this year include former president Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and actor Tom Hanks. Alexander Hamilton, Charles Darwin and Martin Luther King, Jr. are among those previously recognized by the Academy.

In addition to Ladson-Billings, the other newly elected members from UW–Madison are: Robert C. Landick, the Charles Yanofsky Professor of Biochemistry and Bacteriology; and Gurindar S. Sohi, a Vilas Research Professor and E. David Cronon Professor of Computer Sciences.

Ladson-Billings, who arrived at UW-Madison in 1991, is widely regarded as a leading expert on culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory, with her research in this realm altering how educators approach their teaching. She is perhaps most widely known for her groundbreaking 1994 book, “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children,” which continues to be used in teacher education programs around the country.

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