Alan Sadovnik, PhD

Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor
Rutgers SPAA
Center for Urban and Public Service | 1st Floor


PhD: New York University, Sociology (1983)
MA: New York University, Sociology (1979)
BA: Queens College (New York), Sociology and Education (1975)


Alan R. Sadovnik is Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of Education, Sociology and Public Administration and Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. His publications include Equity and Excellence in Higher Education (1995); coauthor of Exploring Education: An Introduction to the Foundations of Education (1994, 2001, 2006, 2013); editor of Knowledge and Pedagogy: The Sociology of Basil Bernstein (1995) and Sociology of Education: A Critical Reader (2007, 2010, 2015); and coeditor of International Handbook of Educational Reform (1992), “Schools of Tomorrow,” Schools of Today: What Happened to Progressive Education (1999), Founding Mothers and Others: Women Educational Leaders During the Progressive Era (2002),  No Child Left Behind and the Reduction of the Achievement Gap: Sociological Perspectives on Federal Educational Policy (2008) and Toolkits, Translation Devices and Conceptual Accounts: Essays on Basil Bernstein's Sociology of Knowledge (2010), “Schools of Tomorrow,” Schools of Today: Progressive Education in the 21st  Century (2016), as well as dozens of journal articles and book chapters and ten major urban educational policy reports on Newark, New Jersey and the nation.  

He received the American Sociological Association's Willard Waller Award in 1991 for the outstanding article in the sociology of education; and the American Educational Association Critics Choice Award for outstanding books in 1995 for Knowledge and Pedagogy, in 2000 for "Schools of Tomorrow" and in 2002 for Founding Mothers. He is coeditor, with Susan F. Semel, of the History of Schools and Schooling series at Peter Lang Publishing, the Palgrave Series in Urban Education at Palgrave-MacMillan and was the co-editor of the Schooling Around the World Series at Greenwood Press. He is former Chair of the AERA Sociology of Education SIG and has served as the Program Chair for the Sociology of Education SIG and the Sociology of Education Section of ASA. He is currently on the editorial board of Teachers College Record and has served on the boards of The American Education Research Journal, History of Educational Quarterly and The Urban Review, Sociology of Education and Educational Foundations.

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