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Pedro Reyes, Ph.D

Ashbel Smith Professor of Education Policy and Leadership
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Dr. Reyes is passionate about teaching and research on student success. In his writing, Dr. Reyes focuses on Education and Opportunity, particularly on student success for children of poverty. His work is focused on the intersection of policy and leadership that facilitate student success. His research has focused on culturally and linguistically diverse, and often marginalized students such as urban students, language learners, migrant students, and border students, among others. His academic work has transcended the the blaming game and has focused on what is possible with these students and their success in schools.

He has garnered notable achievements and distinctions in his career, including raising more than $23 million in research development grants, serving as the Executive Director of the Texas Education Research Center, holding the Ashbel Smith Professor in Education Policy and Administration at UT Austin, receiving the Ronald Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), and being named to numerous national committees to review the quality of university programs, including the Ohio Board of Regents Review for Education Programs.


Reyes began his career as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Kansas at Lawrence. He taught on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, and later moved to the University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a faculty member for the last 30 years. Learn more.