Robert Rhoads
Moore Hall 3321
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

Robert Rhoads


Other Positions

  • Co-Director, Educational Leadership Program


  • Ph.D., Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University, 1994
  • M.A., Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, 1992
  • M.A., Counseling and Student Personnel, Slippery Rock University, 1984
  • B.A., Sociology, Slippery Rock University, 1981

Teaching & Research Interests

Professor Rhoads’ teaching and research interests include: 1) student activism and diversity, 2) multiculturalism in higher education, 3) social movements and the university, 4) international/comparative higher education, and 5) globalization
and university reform in China and the United States.

Select Publications

  1. Rhoads, Robert A. (2016). “Student Activism, Diversity, and the Struggle for a Just Society.” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 9, no. 3: 189-202.
  2. Chen, Angela Chuan-Ru, and Robert A. Rhoads. (2016). “Undocumented Student Allies and Transformative Resistance: An Ethnographic Case Study.” Review of Higher Education 39, no. 4: 515-542,
  3. Rhoads, Robert A. (2015). MOOCs, High Technology, and Higher Learning. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  4. Camacho, Sayil, and Robert A. Rhoads. (2015). “Breaking the Silence: The Unionization of Postdoctoral Workers at the University of California.” Journal of Higher Education 86, no. 2: 295-325.
  5. Rhoads, Robert A., Xiaoyang Wang, Xiaoguang Shi, and Yongcai Chang. (2014). China’s Rising Research Universities: A New Era of Global Ambition. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  6. Rhoads, Robert A., and Katalin Szelényi. (2011). Global Citizenship and the University: Advancing Social Life and Relations in an Interdependent World. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. [Outstanding Publication of the Year Award from AERA-Division J; ASHE Council for International Higher Education Research Award]