Estela Bensimon

AAC&U Distinguished Fellow, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, AAC&U

Estela Mara Bensimon is Dean’s Professor in Educational Equity at the USC Rossier School of Education and Director of the Center for Urban Education, which she founded in 1999. Professor Bensimon’s critical action research agenda has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Teagle Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the National Science Foundation, ECMC Foundation, College Futures Foundation, and The James Irvine Foundation.

Dr. Bensimon has published extensively about equity, organizational learning, practitioner inquiry and change. Her most recent books include Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education (co-edited with Ana Martinez-Aleman and Brian Pusser) which was selected as the 2016 Outstanding Publication by the American Educational Research Association, Division of Postsecondary Education; Engaging the Race Question: Accountability and Equity in US Higher Education (with Alicia C. Dowd), Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and Practice (coedited

with Lindsey Malcom).

In 2017, she was elected to the National Academy of Education and she was presented with the 2017 Social Justice in Education Award by the American Educational Research Association. She is also a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. In January 2018, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Dr. Bensimon to the Education Commission of the States. She also serves on the Campaign for College Opportunity Board of Directors.

Dr. Bensimon was associate dean of the USC Rossier School of Education from 1996 to 2000 and was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico in 2002. She has been a consultant at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She earned her doctorate in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University.