Richard Milner to Lead the American Educational Research Association

H. Richard Milner IV, Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Education in the department of teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Milner joins the AERA Council this year as president-elect. His presidency begins at the conclusion of the 2022 annual meeting.

The American Educational Research Association is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

Professor Milner holds secondary appointments in Peabody’s department of leadership, policy, and organizations and in the department of sociology in Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science.  He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2008. He spent five years at the University of Pittsburgh as Helen Faison Endowed Professor of Urban Education and returned to Vanderbilt in 2018.

Dr. Milner’s research focuses on urban education and teacher education, with an emphasis on equity and justice. He is the author of Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2010) and Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2015).

Dr. Milner holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from South Carolina State University. He earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from Ohio State University.


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