Rodney T Ogawa
  • Title
    • Professor Emeritus
    • Research Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Education Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Office Location
    • McHenry Library, 3116# 1#
    • McHenry Library, rm 3116
  • Office Hours By Apppointment
  • Mail Stop Education Department
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Summary of Expertise

Educational Policy
School Reform
School Organization

Education Databases

Research Interests

The relationship between the social structure of educational organizations and the contexts for learning that educational organizations provide, with a particular interest in how organizational structures and their learning contexts affect the academic performance of students from non-dominant cultural and linguistic communities. Comprehensive databases to support research in education.

Biography, Education and Training

1970 BA, History, University of California, Los Angeles
1972 MA, Education, Occidental College
1979 PhD, Education, The Ohio State University
1980 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Organizations Research Training Program
Faculty Appointments
1980 Assistant Professor, University of Utah
1986 Associate Professor, University of Utah
1992 Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside
1996 Professor, University of California, Riverside
2002 Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz

Honors, Awards and Grants

Roald Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), University Council for Educational Administration

William Davis Award (1996) for the Most Outstanding Article of the 1995 volume of Educational Administration Quarterly

WT Grant Foundation grant (2010) supporting the research project, Schools Organized for Latino Educational Success (SOLES)

National Science Foundation (2013) suppporting the project, Developing a Comprehensive Regional Approach to Dataset Integration to Support Data-Intensive Research in Education in Silicon Valley

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (2017) supporting the project, Silicon Valley Regional Data Trust, which involves public schools and county health and human service agencies in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties

Selected Publications

  • Are we creating separate and unequal tracks of teachers? American Educational Research Journal
  • (In)Fidelity : What the resistance of new teachers reveals about professional principals and prescriptive educational policies, Harvard Educational Review
  • CHAT/IT: Towards conceptualizing learning contexts in formal organizations. Educational Researcher
  • The institutional history of the Exploratorium: Its founding and early development. Science Education,
  • Change(d) Agents: New Teachers of Color in Urban Schools
  • Organizing high schools for Latina/o youth success: Boundary crossing to build and access community wealth
  • (Re)labeling social status: Promises and tensions in developing a college going cullture in an urban high school 
  • The promise and limitations of college going culture: Toward cultures of engaged learning for low-income Latina/o youth