W. Norton Grubb
Throughout his career, W. Norton Grubb investigated inequality, especially the institutional sources of inequality, and worked toward finding solutions to create an equitable and democratic education system. Dr. Grubb, who passed away in 2015, was a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for a quarter century. His research explored the role of education in labor markets and proposed ways to improve the effectiveness of high schools and community colleges. In 2000, he started the Principal Leadership Institute at Berkeley to train principals to lead urban schools. Dr. Grubb also examined the relationship between education and employment, pointing out that when schools excessively follow patterns in the labor market, they tend to reinforce the inequities of society against minorities and women. He wrote 14 books focused on a range of issues, including problems with school funding, approaches to teaching, social policy toward children and youth, and the pathways for students to advance to the world of work. In 2012, he received the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. Before coming to UC Berkeley, Dr. Grubb was a tenured professor at the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.