Estela Mara Bensimon

Member Since: 2017

Estela Mara Bensimon is a professor of higher education at the USC Rossier School of Education and Director of the Center for Urban Education, which she founded in 1999. She has served as President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and as Vice President of the Postsecondary Education Division (Division J) of the American Education Research Association. Dr. Bensimon has published extensively about equity, organizational learning, practitioner inquiry and change; and her articles have appeared in the Review of Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Liberal Education, and Harvard Educational Review. Her most recent books include Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education (co-edited with Ana Martinez-Aleman and Brian Pusser), 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 (co-edited with Lindsey Malcom). She has written opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Times, Inside Higher Education, Sacramento Bee, and Denver Post. Professor Bensimon was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico and is a member of the Seminario Educacion Superior at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). She is the recipient of the 2017 AERA Social Justice in Education Award and she is also a Fellow of AERA. In 2013 she received the Association for the Study of Higher Education Research Achievement Award. Professor Bensimon earned her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University in higher education administration and leadership.

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