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Dr. Na’ilah Suad Nasir

Dr. Na’ilah Suad Nasir is the sixth president of the Spencer Foundation.  The Spencer Foundation is an organization that supports research about education. She was a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, from 2008 to 2019, and she served as Vice Chancellor of equity and inclusion at UC Berkeley beginning in November 2015. She earned her PhD in educational psychology at UCLA in 2000 and was a member of the faculty in the School of Education at Stanford University from 2000 to 2008. Her work focuses on issues of race, culture, learning, and identity. She is the author of Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement among African American Youth (2011) and “We Dare Say Love”: Supporting Achievement in the Educational Life of Black Boys (2018). She is the co-editor of Handbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning (2020). She has also published numerous scholarly articles. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She is also the President Elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).