Prudence L. Carter is the Jacks Family Professor of Education and Professor of Sociology (by courtesy) at Stanford University where she teaches a range of courses on racial and ethnic relations, social and cultural inequality, the sociology of education, and research methods. She is also the Faculty Director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities and formerly the co-director, along with Dr. Linda-Darling Hammond, of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 2007, Dr. Carter was Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Poverty, the Underclass and Public Policy and the Program for Research on Black Americans at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A native Mississippian, Dr. Carter is a product of public schools in Clarksdale and Jackson. She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics and economics, earned an M.A. in Sociology and Education from Columbia University, Teachers College , and an M. Phil. and PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.
Dr. Carter is the author of two books, Keepin’ It Real: School Success beyond Black and White (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schools (Oxford University Press, 2012), and co-editor (along with Dr. Kevin Welner) of Closing the Opportunity Gap: What America Must Do to Give All Children an Even Chance (Oxford University Press, 2013). Dr. Carter has also published numerous articles, book chapters, and essays. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.