Arnetha Ball is Professor of Education at Stanford University in Curriculum Studies, Teacher Education and Educational Linguistics. She is the Past President of the American Educational Research Association, Director of the Program in African and African American Studies, and Co-Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Language at Stanford. Her interdisciplinary program of research is conducted in complex learning environments that work to improve education for predominantly poor African American, Latino and Pacific Islander students who are underachieving; in community-based organizations that provide alternative education opportunities; and in U.S. and South African teacher education programs that prepare teachers to teach students in culturally and linguistically complex classrooms.
Ball is the winner of the 2009 AERA Palmer O. Johnson Award and author/co-author of numerous articles, as well as six books. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and has served as an Academic Specialist for the USIS Program in South Africa, trustee of the Research Foundation of the National Council of Teachers of English and was the Inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Visiting Professor in Urban Education.
She holds a B.A. and an M.S. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.