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Arnetha F. Ball

Arnetha F. Ball, PhD, '91, who joined the Stanford faculty in 1999, is the Charles E. Ducommun Endowed Professor, emerita, and teaches courses in curriculum studies, teacher education, and educational linguistics. Her most recent research investigates the role of generativity and successful paradigms, principles and practices in preparing teachers for diversity across national boundaries in countries that serve large numbers of historically marginalized students, such as the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In South Africa, she has taught classes in the teacher education programs at two higher education institutions and lectured at universities and in communities across the country. She has also served as an academic specialist for the U.S. Information Services Program in South Africa and a distinguished visiting scholar in professional development programs in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to her joining the Stanford faculty, Dr. Ball taught in pre-school, elementary and secondary classrooms for more than 25 years and founded the Children’s Creative Workshop, an early childhood education center that specialized in providing premiere educational experiences for students from diverse backgrounds. She is the author/co-author of seven books and a frequent contributor to academic journals.



At Stanford:

  • Charles E. Ducommun Endowed Professor, emerita, and professor, education, Graduate School of Education
  • Chair, cross-area, cross-disciplinary program on Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
  • Former director, African and African American studies program at Stanford
  • Former president (2011–2012), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and vice president and secretary of AERA Division on teaching and teacher education
  • Former trustee, Research Foundation of the National Council of Teachers of English



  • Elected to the National Academy of Education, 2019
  • Recipient: Division K Legacy Award, 2019; St. Clair Drake Teaching Award, 2015; AERA Palmer O. Johnson Award, 2009



  • BA, education, 1971, University of Michigan
  • MS, speech pathology, 1972, University of Michigan
  • PhD, language, literacy and culture, 1991, Stanford University

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