Na’ilah Suad Nasir, ’93 Psychology & Social Welfare

Job title: 
President, Spencer Foundation

Na’ilah Suad Nasir is the sixth president of the Spencer Foundation, which funds education research nationally. Prior to joining Spencer, she held a faculty appointment in education and African American studies at UC Berkeley, where she also served as the chair of African American studies and as the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion. She has served on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Nasir’s research examines the racialized and cultural nature of learning and schooling, with a particular focus on the experiences of African American students. She co-edited The Handbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning and We Dare Say Love: Supporting Achievement in the Educational Life of Black Boys. She is the author of Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth. Dr. Nasir is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and a fellow and past president of the American Educational Research Association. She serves on the UC Berkeley Board of Visitors and is a board director of Stiles Hall.