W. Norton Grubb
W. Norton Grubb, who passed away in 2015, investigated inequality, especially the institutional sources of inequality, and worked toward finding solutions to create an equitable and democratic education system. Grubb was professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. His research explored the role of education in labor markets and proposed ways to improve the effectiveness of high schools and community colleges. He 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; started the Principal Leadership Institute at Berkeley to train principals to lead urban schools; and received the University of California, Berkeley, Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. He received his PhD in economics from Harvard University.