Board of Scholars

The Board of Scholars supports the work of Facing History and Ourselves by helping to ensure the quality of the organization’s educational resources and programming. Board members contribute to Facing History’s mission by serving as thought partners, strategic advisors, project advisors, speakers, and ambassadors.


Kwame Anthony Appiah, Chair
Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University

Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU. He was born in London (where his Ghanaian father was a law student) but moved as an infant to Kumasi, Ghana, where he grew up. He took BA and PhD degrees in philosophy at Cambridge University and has taught philosophy in Ghana, France, Britain, and the United States. He explored questions of African and African-American identity in In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture; examined the cultural dimensions of global citizenship in Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers; and investigated the social and individual importance of identity in The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. In 2012 he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama.


Marjorie Agosin
Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College

Carol Anderson
Charles Howard Candler Professor & Chair of African American Studies, Emory University

Peter Balakian
Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities & Professor of English, Colgate University 

Yehuda Bauer
Professor Emeritus of History and Holocaust Studies, Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Academic Advisor, Yad Vashem 

Christopher Benson
Associate Professor of Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University

Michael Berenbaum
Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust & Professor of Jewish Studies, American Jewish University 

Paul Bookbinder
Associate Professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston

James Carroll
Associate, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

Beverly Cross
Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Urban Education, University of Memphis

Karine Duhamel
Independent Historian, Curator, and Consultant

Debórah Dwork
Distinguished Research Scholar
Founding Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Clark University

Howard E. Gardner
John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Senior Director, Harvard Project Zero

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Alphonse Fletcher University Professor & Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
Co-founder and Chairman,

Jay Geller
Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies & Associate Professor of History, Case Western Reserve University 

Carol Gilligan
University Professor, New York University

James F. Gilligan
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine & Adjunct Professor of Law, School of Law, New York University

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Department Chair & James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

Annette Gordon-Reed
Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard University

Aram Goudsouzian
Department Chair, Department of History, University of Memphis

Peter Hayes
Professor of History and German & Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies Emeritus, Northwestern University

Benjamin Carter Hett
Professor of History, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Karlos K. Hill
Department Chair and Regents' Professor of African and African American Studies, University of Oklahoma

Richard Hovannisian
Armenian Educational Foundation Professor of Modern Armenian History, Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

Ellen Hume
Founding Partner, International Media Development Advisers

Robert J. Jagers
Vice President of Research, CASEL

Jonathan Jansen
Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Stellenbosch

Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University

Jonathan Judaken
Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities & Professor of History, Rhodes College 

Binna Kandola
Business Psychologist, Senior Partner & Co-founder, Pearn Kandola

Randall Kennedy
Michael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School

David E. Kirkland, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, Vice Dean of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action, & Executive Director, The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools, Steinhardt School, New York University

Michael J. Klarman
Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Claudia Koonz
Peabody Family Professor Emeritus of History, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University

Lawrence L. Langer
Alumnae Chair Professor of English Emeritus, Simmons College

Erika Lee
Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, Director, Immigration History Research Center, & Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, University of Minnesota

Meira Levinson
Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Wendy Lower
John K. Roth Professor of History & Director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College

Tiya Miles
Professor of History & Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Harvard University

Martha Minow
300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard Law School

Robert H. Mnookin
Samuel Williston Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Duncan Morrow
Professor, School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences, Ulster University

Azar Nafisi
Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University 

Susan Neiman
Director, Einstein Forum

Pedro Antonio Noguera
Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

Jean M. O’Brien
Distinguished McKnight University Professor & Northrop Professor of History, University of Minnesota

Farah Pandith
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Head of Strategy, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Kimberly N. Parker
Assistant Director, Teacher Training Center, Shady Hill School

John T. Pawlikowski
Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Catholic Theological Union

Fernando Reimers
Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education & Faculty Director, International Education Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education

John K. Roth
Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College 

Robert L. Selman, Ph.D.
Roy Edward Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry Department, Harvard Medical School

John Shattuck
Professor of Practice in Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Senior Fellow, The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School 

Ervin Staub
Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Founding Director, The Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Claude M. Steele
Lucie Sterns Professor Emeritus in Psychology, Stanford University

Carola Suárez-Orozco
Co-Director, Institute for Immigration, Globalization & Education & Co-Founder, Re-Imagining Migration, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California Los Angeles

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Beverly Daniel Tatum
President Emerita, Spelman College

Barry Trachtenberg
Michael H. and Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History & Director of Jewish Studies Program, Wake Forest University

James Waller
Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College
Director of Academic Programs, Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

Richard Weissbourd
Senior Lecturer in Education & Faculty Director, Human Development and Psychology Masters Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education & Kennedy School of Government

Chad Williams
Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Professor of History and African and African American Studies, Brandeis University

Janelle Wong
Professor, American Studies, Government and Politics, and Asian American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

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