Mica Pollock, an anthropologist, is Professor of Education Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California, San Diego. Her newest book is
Pollock’s work explores educators’ key role in daily efforts for
Pollock’s current work at CREATE explores how networks of conversation partners can leverage a university to create K-20 opportunities to learn.
Pollock’s first book, Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School (winner of the 2005 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association), helped readers navigate six core U.S. struggles over talking (and not talking) in racial terms in schools. Because of Race: How Americans Debate Harm and Opportunity in Our Schools (2008) examined the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights as the background for common debates over improving the everyday school experiences of students and families of color. In Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real about Race in School (2008), Pollock organized 70 scholars to write short essays supporting teachers to consider everyday issues of race,
Since 2011, with CREATE colleagues, Pollock has worked to spark new equity conversations in San Diego. At CREATE, she helps to network UCSD's people, resources, and opportunities to the diverse K-12 educators, students, and families of the San Diego region, with the goal of co-creating new opportunities to learn for both students and teachers. Pollock and CREATE colleagues have most recently spearheaded the CREATE STEM Success Initiative (CSSI), a visionary collective effort linking UC San Diego faculty, staff and students and the San Diego education community in a shared effort to support K-20 STEM (science, technology,
All of these experiences, plus nearly two decades of work to support teachers, administrators, and students in diverse settings, provide content for
Pollock previously taught high school in California and worked in the civil rights field. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford.
For a list of publications, including downloadable material, see https://ucsd.academia.edu/MicaPollock