BUFFALO, N.Y. – Lois Weis, PhD, SUNY Distinguished
Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the University at
Buffalo Graduate School of Education (GSE), has been elected to the
National Academy of Education (NAEd).
This is the highest honor available to educational scholars and
Weis is the first member of the UB GSE faculty to be a member of
the prestigious group.
She is one of only 200 U.S. members and 25 foreign associate
members of the Academy, all elected because of their outstanding
contributions to educational research and policy development.
“Professor Weis’ membership is well deserved,”
says Jaekyung Lee, interim dean, Graduate School of Education,
“and it will help raise the reputation of our school and
standard of scholarship for all faculty members in GSE.”
Weis is considered one of the world’s most prominent
researchers on economic and social class issues as they broadly
relate to schools and educational institutions. Her ethnographic
research has provided new ways to understand the connections among
social class, race, gender, schooling and the global economy. She
is widely known for breaking new theoretical and methodological
ground related to these issues.
Weis has been a prolific scholar throughout her 35-year career,
having authored or co-authored 23 books, 60 journal articles and 45
book chapters. Her research has been supported by generous grants
from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Association for
Institutional Research (AIR), Spencer Foundation and the Carnegie
Foundation. She has been on the editorial boards of numerous
leading journals in education.
Weis has written extensively about the current predicament of
white, African-American and Latino/Latina working class and poor
youth and young adults. Her research focuses on the complex role
gender and race/ethnicity play in their lives in light of
contemporary dynamics associated with the global knowledge economy,
new patterns of emigration, and the movement of cultural and
economic capital across national boundaries.
Most recently Weis served as an editor of the American
Educational Research Journal, widely considered the most
prestigious research journal in the education field.
Weis is a winner of the outstanding book award from the Gustavus
Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North
America. She is an honorary fellow of the American Educational
Research Association, and has delivered invited lectures worldwide,
most recently at the University of Southampton, UK; Minzu
University of China; Beijing Normal University; and the University
of Almeria, Spain.
Founded in 1965, the mission of the National Academy of
Education is to advance the highest quality education research and
promote its use in policy formulation and practice. The members
serve on expert study panels that address pressing issues in
education. They also are engaged in such NAEd professional
development programs as the NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship
Program and the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program.
Nominations to the academy are submitted once a year by current
NAEd members for review and election by the entire membership.