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Gary Dworkin

University of Houston

Anthony Gary Dworkin is Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston, where he has been on the faculty since 1973. He received an A.B. degree in sociology and psychology from Occidental College (Los Angeles, 1964), M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Northwestern University (1966 and 1970, respectively).

Dworkin’s teaching and research have been in the areas of the sociology of education and race/ethnic relations, as well as sociological theory and quantitative research methods. He is a co-founder of the Sociology of Education Research Group (SERG), which conducts analyses of the factors that affect standardized test performance of public school students in Texas and assesses school climate factors for school districts. Dworkin and his colleagues at SERG have received grants and contracts from the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency, the Houston Endowment, and several school districts in the Houston metropolitan area. The SERG team has presented their work on public school grade retention to the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., which published two of the studies conducted by the team. In 2001, Dworkin was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, conducting research on a national survey of Australians and an assessment of teacher burnout. In the summer of 2010 Dworkin was elected President of the Sociology of Education Research Committee of the International Sociological Association, a UNESCO chartered organization with members from 167 nations. His term of office runs until summer 2014.