Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University.
Since joining the faculty at Harvard, she has been interested in studying the culture of schools, the patterns and structures of classroom life, the relationships between adult developmental themes and teachers’ work, and socialization within families, communities, and schools.
Lawrence-Lightfoot sits on numerous professional committees and boards of directors including the National Academy of Education, the Boston Globe, The Berklee College of Music, and the Atlantic Philanthropies where she is Deputy Chair.
In 1984, Lawrence-Lightfoot was the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Prize.
Lawrence-Lightfoot has been a Fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Lawrence-Lightfoot is the first African American woman in Harvard’s history to have an endowed professorship named in her honor.