Kenji Hakuta

Kenji Hakuta

Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University School of Education

Kenji Hakuta is the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University. He has been at Stanford since 1989, except for three years when he left to start the new University of California at Merced as its Founding Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Hakuta received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University, and began his career as a developmental psychologist at Yale University. He is the author of many research papers and books, including Mirror of Language: The Debate on Bilingualism. Hakuta is active in education policy.

He has testified to Congress and other public bodies on language policy, the education of language minority students, affirmative action in higher education, and improvement of quality in educational research. Hakuta is an elected Member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recognized for his accomplishments in Linguistics and Language Sciences. He has served on the board of various organizations, including the Educational Testing Service, the Spencer Foundation, and the New Teacher Center.