Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards
Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards
Committee on Scholars of Color in Education Awards

2021 Award Recipients

Distinguished Career Contribution Award
Zeus Leonardo
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Zeus Leonardo’s receipt of the distinguished scholar award is a reflection of his prolific career. He is one of the leading scholars on issues of race and education and utilizes critical theory to produce cutting-edge analysis of social issues in education. Leonardo is perhaps best known for his work in critical whiteness studies, and he has produced scholarship that has had a profound impact on current understandings of the deeply embedded biases at the core of knowledge in the education field. As such, his work is instrumental in understanding how scholars can shift conversations to be more equitable.

The Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award is awarded to a senior-level scholar, usually 20 years or more after their receipt of the doctoral degree. 

Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award
Megan Bang
The Spencer Foundation, Northwestern University

Dr. Megan Bang’s is recognized with the mid-career award for her unique and powerful contributions to indigenous education. Her scholarship is innovative, integrating indigenous knowledge systems with learning sciences. While Dr. Bang has had a prolific career, her approach to advocating through her research distinguishes her scholarship from the larger field. She integrates her commitment to underserved communities into the research process by foregrounding relationships and community throughout, and she utilizes her research to advocate for federal and state policy that acknowledges and centers some of the most critical social and political issues that impact both indigenous and non-indigenous populations.

The Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award is awarded to a scholar who is beyond the first level of professional appointment and for whom at least 10 years have passed since receipt of the doctoral degree. 

Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award
Bianca Baldridge
Harvard University

Dr. Bianca Baldridge is honored with the early career award for her ground-breaking scholarship on community-based educational spaces in communities of color. Through this scholarship, Dr. Baldridge has centered and highlighted often invisible voices, such as youth community workers, in academic discourse. Her scholarship grounds these voices in critiques of power and racial capitalism, thereby advancing knowledge about critical intersections of oppressive social systems and some of the most pressing issues in U.S. society and beyond.

The Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award is awarded to a scholar who is within the first ten (10) years of their career after receipt of the doctoral degree.

These three awards are intended to recognize (1) scholars at different stages in their careers who have made significant contributions to the understanding of issues which disproportionately affect minority populations, and (2) minority scholars who have made a significant contribution to educational research and development.
 The AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education is charged by AERA Council with serving as the selection committee for these awards.

Past Recipients

Distinguished Career Contribution Award
2020 - ​María Estela Brisk
2019 - Aydin Bal
2018 - Rubén Donato
2017 - Antonia Darder
2016 - Walter R. Allen
2015 - Patricia C. Gándara
2014 - Award not given
2013 - Jo-ann Archibald
2012 - Celia S. Genishi
2011-Henry T. Frierson
2010 - Carol Camp Yeakey
2009 - Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner
2008 - James D. Anderson
2007 - Karen Swisher
2006 - Sonia Nieto
2005 - Donna Ford
2004 - Enrique "Henry" T. Trueba
2003 - Okhee Lee
2002 - Samuel S. Peng
2001 - Richard R. Valencia
2000 - Joyce King
1999 - Flora Rodriguez Brown
1998 - Walter G. Secada
1997 - Valerie Ooka Pang
1996 - James Banks
1995 - Ronald Takaki
1994 - Edmund Gordon
1993 - Carl Grant

Mid-Career Contribution Award 
2020 - Adrienne Dixson
2019 - Karolyn Tyson
2018 - Kakali Bhattacharya
2017 - James L. Moore III
2016 - Sherick A. Hughes
2015 - Kevin K. Kumashiro

2014 - Janelle T. Scott
2013 - Sharon Nelson-Barber
2012 - Christine Jean Yeh
2011 - Jerlando F. L. Jackson 
2010 - Dolores Delgado Bernal
2009 - Cynthia Hudley
2008 - Carol D. Lee and Francisco A. Rios
2007 - Kris Gutierrez
2006 - Madonna G. Constantine
2005 - Maria E. Franquiz
2004 - Michèle L. Foster
2003 - No award presented
2002 - No award presented
2001 - Christian J. Faltis
2000 - Lin Goodwin
1999 - Kofi Lomotey
1998 - Asa G. Hilliard III
1997 - Jacqueline Jordan Irvine
1996 - Celia Genishi
1995 - Christine Sleeter
1994 - Kenji Hakuta
1993 - Concepcion M. Valadez

Early Career Contribution Award
2020 - Jessica Harris
2019 - Patricia A. Edwards
2018 - Nicole M. Joseph
2017 - María C. Ledesma
2016 - Roberto G. Gonzales
2015 - Ebony O. McGee
2014 - Dorinda Carter Andrews and Eve Tuck
2013 - Vichet Chhuon
2012 - Brendesha M. Tynes
2011 - Bic H. Ngo 
2010 - Valerie Kinloch
2009 - Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy
2008 - Lamont A. Flowers
2007 - Tyrone C. Howard & Michele S. Moses
2006 - Rich Milner
2006 - Gregory Tanaka
2005 - Cornel D. Pewewardy
2004 - Linda C. Tillman
2003 - Xin Ma
2002 - M. Christopher Brown II
2001 - Alfredo J. Artiles
2000 - William F. Tate
1999 - John W. Young
1998 - Vivian L. Gadsden
1997 - Oscar Kawagley
1996 - Donna Yvette Ford
1995 - Gloria Ladson-Billings
1994 - Ana Maria Villegas
1993 - Violet Harris




Call for Award Nominations

Deadline: December 1, 2021. Outstanding Book Award nominations due November 17, 2021.

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