Professor Mica Pollock Named as Top Scholar in Education Practice and Policy

Dr. Mica Pollock, UC San Diego professor of Education Studies and director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at UC San Diego, has been named one of the top 200 scholars who “did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy” in Education Week’s 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. The rankings are conducted by Rick Hess, Education Week contributor and resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies for the American Enterprise Institute.

The RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings score university-based scholars in nine categories, ranging from the number of books a scholar has authored, co-authored, or edited to Education press, web, newspaper and Congressional Record mentions and a Google Scholar Score.

Pollock’s most recent work is the design and launch of the student- and educator-led anti-hate messaging project called #USvsHate, designed in collaboration with CREATE colleagues and San Diego educators. This year, #USvsHate was introduced nationally by Teaching Tolerance, a program of the nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center. Pollock also is exploring equity- and race-focused teacher professional development around the country utilizing her newest book Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About—and To—Students Every Day (The New Press, 2017). Her work with CREATE and the CREATE STEM Success Initiative explores how universities can leverage their resources in collaboration with local K14 educators to co-create local opportunities to learn.

Pollock joined UC San Diego in 2011. An anthropologist of education, Pollock’s work focuses on issues of diversity, antiracism, and opportunity inequality in schools and communities, with a concentration on identifying communications that support young people’s development. She is an author of multiple books on antiracism and race talk dilemmas in our schools, and she has spent her career dedicated to learning how people in diverse education communities might communicate and collaborate more effectively to collectively support the success of each young person and all groups.

For more information on #USvsHate, Schooltalk and other equity education efforts, contact Mica Pollock (