Head shot of Ruth Lopez Turley
  • Director, Houston Education Research Consortium
  • Associate Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Professor of Sociology, Rice University
  • Founder, National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships
  • Kinder Fellow
Ruth López Turley founded the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a partnership between Rice University and several Houston (Texas) area school districts, including the Houston Independent School District (HISD), Alief and Cypress Fairbanks Independent School Districts. HERC aims to improve the connection between education researchers and decision makers for the purpose of closing achievement gaps and improving outcomes for students. Turley also helped to launch the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), which supports and develops partnerships between research institutions and education agencies throughout the country. Turley completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University and her graduate work at Harvard University.