Kenji Hakuta is the Lee L. Jacks Professor, emeritus, at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University in 1979, has held faculty positions at Yale University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and served as the Founding Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced.
He has published in the areas of psycholinguistics, bilingualism, language shift, the acquisition of English in immigrant students, and education policy. He has served on the boards of the Center for Applied Linguistics, the Spencer Foundation and the Educational Testing Service, and currently serves on the board of the William T. Grant Foundation, Multicultural Education and Training Advocates (META), Gooru Learning, and the Great Basin National Park Foundation. For eight years, he chaired the National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board (predecessor of the IES Board) of the U. S. Department of Education. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Education, the American Educational Research Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.