Ruth N. López Turley

Areas of Interest: 
Educational inequality, race and ethnicity


Professor Turley founded the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a research-practice partnership between Rice and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) that aims to improve the connection between education researchers and decision makers for the purpose of closing achievement gaps and improving outcomes for students. She also helped to launch the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), which supports and develops partnerships between research institutions and education agencies throughout the country. She has served in various elected and appointed positions in the American Sociological Association (ASA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), and the National Research Council of the National Academies, as well as the editorial boards of Sociology of Education and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Professor Turley completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University and her graduate education at Harvard University.    

Houston Education Research Consortium  

National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP)    

Recent Publications  

Turley, Ruth N. López. 2016. “Connecting Research and Policy to Reduce Inequality.” The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 2(5): 272-285.

Turley, Ruth N. López, Adam Gamoran, Alyn Turner McCarty, and Rachel Fish. In press 2016. “Reducing Children’s Behavior Problems through Social Capital: A Causal Assessment.” Social Science Research.  

Turley, Ruth N. López and Carla Stevens. 2015.“Lessons froma School District-University Research Partnership: The Houston Education Research Consortium(HERC).”Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 37(1S):6S-15S.      

Fiel, Jeremy, Anna Haskins, and Ruth N. López Turley.  2013.  “Reducing School Mobility:  A Randomized Trial of a Relationship-Building Intervention.”  American Educational Research Journal, 50(6):1188-1218.   

National Research Council.  2012.  Monitoring Progress toward Successful K-12 STEM Education:  A Nation Advancing?  Washington, DC:  The National Academies Press.   

Alvarado, Steven Elías and Ruth N. López Turley.  2012.  “College Bound Friends and College Application Choices:  Heterogeneous Effects for Latino and White Students.”  Social Science Research, 41(6):1451-1468. 

Gamoran, Adam, Ruth N. López Turley, Alyn Turner, and Rachel Fish.  2012.  “Differences between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Families in Social Capital and Child Development:  First-Year Findings from an Experimental Study.”  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 30(1):97-112. 

Gamoran, Adam, Ruth N. López Turley, and Jeremy Fiel.  2012.  “The Evidence-Based School Interventions Movement.”  Oxford Handbook on Child Development and Poverty.  Oxford University Press.   



Ruth N. López Turley
Professor, Director-Houston Education Research Consortium, Associate Director-Kinder Institute for Urban Research Ph.D., Harvard University

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