Gary Orfield
Moore Hall 2023
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

Gary Orfield

Distinguished Research Professor


  • Research Professor of Education
  • Co-director, The Civil Rights Project Proyecto Derechos Civiles


  • Ph.D., political science, University of Chicago, 1968
  • M.A., political science, University of Chicago, 1965
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1963

Teaching & Research Interests

Professor Orfield is interested in the study of civil rights, education policy, urban policy, and minority opportunity. He was co-founder and director of the Harvard Civil Rights Project and is now co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA. Orfield’s central interest has been the development and implementation of social policy, with a central focus on the impact of policy on equal opportunity for success in American society.

Select Publications

Historic Reversals, Accelerating Resegregation, and the Need for New Integration Strategies, (with Chungmei Lee), UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, August 29, 2007.

Lessons In Integration: Realizing the Promise of Racial Diversity in America’s Public Schools (with E. Frankenberg), University of Virginia Press, 2007.

Charting the Future of College Affirmative Action: Legal Victories, Continuing Attacks and New Research (with Patricia Marin, Stella Flores, and Liliana Garces), UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, July 2007.

Expanding Opportunity in Higher Education: Leveraging Promise (with P. Gandara and C. Horn), SUNY Press, 2006.

The End of Keyes — Resegregation Trends and Achievement in the Denver Public Schools, Catherine L. Horn and Michal Kurlaender. Harvard Civil Rights Project, April 5, 2006.