Ruth N. López Turley, a professor of sociology at Rice University, founded the Houston Education Research Consortium as a partnership between Rice and the Houston Independent School District. She is also the associate director of research for the Kinder Institute.
The partnership aims to close achievement gaps and improve outcomes for students by strengthening the connection between education researchers and decision makers.
Turley completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University and her graduate education at Harvard University. She has published in journals such as Sociology of Education, American Educational Research Journal, Social Science Research, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. She also helped launch the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships, which supports and develops partnerships between research institutions and education agencies throughout the country.
She has served in various elected and appointed positions in the American Sociological Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, and the National Research Council of the National Academies, as well as the editorial boards of Sociology of Education and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.