Robert Rueda

  • Professor in Education and Psychology

Research Concentration

  • Educational Psychology


Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, California. Major Program: Educational Psychology. Specialization: Special Education, 1979 

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, San Diego, 1981 1982. 

MSW University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California Specialization: Psychiatric Social Work, 1974.

BA University of California, Los Angeles, California. Major: Psychology, 1972.


  • Expert in Literacy • Urban Education • Sociocultural and Second Language Factors in Learning and Motivation


Dr. Robert Rueda was the Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, where he taught in the area of Psychology in Education. He also had a joint appointment in the Psychology Department. His research centered on the sociocultural basis of motivation, learning, and instruction, with a focus reading and literacy in English learners, and students in at-risk conditions, and he taught courses in learning and motivation.

He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Educational Research Association, and is also a member of the International Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory, the Council for Exceptional Children (Mental Retardation Division; Learning Disabili¬ties Division; Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners), the American Anthropological Association (Council on Anthropology and Education), the International Reading Association, the California Reading Association, and the National Reading Conference.

He completed his doctoral work at the University of California at Los Angeles in Educational Psychology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at the University of California, San Diego in cross-cultural psychology. He served as a panel member on the National Academy of Science Report on the Overrepresentation of Minority Students in Special Education, and also served as a member of the National Literacy Panel (SRI International and Center for Applied Linguistics) looking at issues in early reading with English language learners. He recently served as the associate editor of the American Educational Research Journal, and currently serves on the editorial boards of several educational journals. 

Awards and Grants

  • Elected to the National Academy of Education (February 2013)
  • Awarded Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Education chair (December 2009)
  • Fellow, American Educational Research Association (Elected July 2008)
  • Recipient of Award for Outstanding Research in Elementary, Secondary, or Postsecondary Education from the Hispanic Research Issues SIG (Special Interest Group) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 2007.
  • Senior Scholar, The Glenda B. and Forrest C. Shaklee Institute for Improving Special Education (Elected December, 1997-2001)
  • Fellow, Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), American Psychological Association (Elected August, 1996)


Professional Affiliations and Memberships


  • International Society for Cultural Research and Activity Theory
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Mental Retardation Division;
  • American Anthropological Association
  • International Reading Association
  • California Reading Association
  • National Reading Conference
  • American Education Research Association
  • American Psychological Association


Sociocultural and motivational processes in classroom l earning and instruction, with a focus on reading and literacy in English learners, students in at-risk conditions; teaching/learning issues related to academic achievement in public school settings, in cluding literacy-related assessment and instruction and educational decision-making


Riconscente, M., Walsh, J.W., & Rueda, R. (2009-10). USC Undergraduate Research Associates Program, $10,000. (University-based funding)

Rueda, R. (2007-2008). Evaluation of the Mental Health Workforce Pipeline Planning Project for SouthLos Angeles, funded by the Mental Health Association of Greater Los Angeles, $50,000. (Privatefunding)

Narayanan, S., Rueda, R., Margolin, G., & Farver, J. (2007-2008). Creating an interdisciplinary technology center for child-centric societal app lications. James H. Zumberge Faculty Research & Innovation Fund, $50,000. (University-based Funding)

Rueda, R. (2007-2008). Alternative instructional mode ls of effective bilingual education. Funded through the Haynes Foundation. $131, 211. (Private funding)

Yaden, D., & Rueda, R. (1997-2001). The effects of an emergent literacy preschool program in acommunity center upon Spanish - speaking preschoolers' acquisition of English literacy. Funded through the OERI National Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA), University of Michigan. $237,870. (Federal funding)