Hugh Mehan
University of California, San Diego
Professor Emeritus

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Hugh Mehan is a professor emeritus of sociology and founding director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity and Teaching Excellence at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He received his BA from Hobart College, his MA from San Jose State College, and his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mehan has received the UCSD Revelle Medal for outstanding contributions to the university, Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, the British Council–Fulbright Commission’s Higher Education Link, Lifetime Achievement Award from CAE/AAA, AERA, ASA, and numerous research grants. His publications include The Reality of Ethnomethodology, Learning Lessons, Handicapping the Handicapped,Constructing School Success, Extending Educational Reform, and Reform as Learning: School Reform, Organizational Culture, and Community Politics in San Diego (with Lea Hubbard and Mary Kay Stein). His most recent book In the Front Door: Building a college-going Culture of Learning describes the organizational practices that propel low-income students toward 4-year college enrollment.

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