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

2020 Award Recipients

Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award
Jessica Harris
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Jessica Harris is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Harris’s research critically analyzes the ways in which systemic oppression and dominant paradigms shape higher education and leads to educational and social inequities. In addition, her scholarship has expanded knowledge about how these structures shape the identities and experiences of college faculty, student affairs professionals, and students within higher education. Her theoretically innovative and methodologically rigorous research has shined a spotlight on critical populations that are often silenced in educational research, including multiracial populations and victims of sexual violence.

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.

Scholars of Color Mid-Career Contribution Award
Adrienne Dixson
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Adrienne Dixson is Professor of Educational Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. Her research focuses on how race, class, and gender shape educational equity and the experiences of traditionally underserved student populations in urban schools. Dr. Dixson has advanced theoretical knowledge and conversations regarding the role of race and racism in education through her own scholarship over the last two decades, but equally important is the fact that she has also been a leader in creating opportunities and outlets for other scholars of color to advance conversations about racial equity in U.S. education.

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. 

Distinguished Career Contribution Award
María Estela Brisk
Boston College

Dr. María Estela Brisk is Professor of Teaching, Curriculum, and Society at Boston College. For decades, Professor Brisk has been fundamental to the study of language and education. Since the 1960s, she has been a leader in national conversations about literacy and bilingualism. In fact, some colleagues point to Dr. Brisk’s work as instrumental in normalizing the study of language education and fueling the development of the field of bilingual education studies. She has also been a national leader in bridging research and practice to transform the ways in which educators talk about and engage language in students’ learning processes.

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. 

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
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 
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
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




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