Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University and recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Prize. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from Harvard University. Professor Lawrence-Lightfoot is also the recipient of 28 honorary degrees and is the first African-American woman at Harvard to have an endowed professorship named in her honor.

Her research examines the culture of schools, the relationship between human development and social change, and the development of a holistic view of education. Professor Lawrence-Lightfoot has also researched the impact of cultural differences in the classroom.

Representative Publications

Lawrence‐Lightfoot, Sara. “Respect: On Witness and Justice.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 82.3 (2012): 447-454.

Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara. “On Excellence and Goodness.” Harvard Educational Review 57.2 (1987): 202-205.

Lightfoot, Sara Lawrence. “Toward Conflict and Resolution: Relationships Between Families and Schools.” Theory into Practice 20.2 (1981): 97-104.

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