Board of Scholars | Facing History & Ourselves

Board of Scholars

The Board of Scholars supports the work of Facing History & Ourselves by helping to ensure the quality of the organization’s educational resources and programming.

Representing a wide-range of scholarship and subject-matter expertise, members of this dynamic board contribute to our 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 was born in London (while his Ghanaian father was completing his law degree). When still an infant his family moved to Kumasi, Ghana, where he grew up. Appiah took BA and PhD degrees in philosophy at Cambridge University and has taught philosophy in Ghana, France, Britain, and the United States. His books include In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, an exploration around questions of African and African American identity; Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, in which cultural dimensions of global citizenship are examined; and The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity, an investigation of the social and individual importance of self. In 2012 Appiah received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama.

Mehnaz Afridi
Professor of Religious Studies & Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center, Manhattan College

Marjorie Agosin
Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College

Danielle Allen
James Bryant Conant University Professor & Director of the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

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

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

Michael Bérubé
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, Penn State

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

James Carroll
Author Associate, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

Mark Celinscak
Louis & Frances Lumkin Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Executive Director of the Sam & Francis Fried Holocaust & Genocide Academy, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Dolly Chugh
Jacob B. Melnick Professor at the Stern School of Business, NYU

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

Karine Duhamel
Independent Historian, Curator, and Consultant

Debórah Dwork
Director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Rachel Fish
Special Advisor to The Brandeis University Presidential Initiative to Counter Antisemitism in Higher Education, Associate Research Professor, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, and Co-Founder of Boundless (an organization devoted to Israel education and combatting Jew hatred)

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, Case Western Reserve University

Carol Gilligan
Professor, School of Law & Professor of Humanities and Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School, New York University

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

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

Annette Gordon-Reed
Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Law School & Professor of History Arts & Sciences, Harvard University

Aram Goudsouzian
Professor of History, University of Memphis

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

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

Monika Hubscher
PhD Fellow at Haifa University

Ellen Hume
Journalist; Founding Partner, International Media Development Advisers

Robert J. Jagers
Vice President of Research, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (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
Founder & CEO of forwardED, LLC

Michael J. Klarman
Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School

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

Lawrence L. Langer
Alumnae Chair Emeritus Professor of English, Simmons College (now Simmons University)

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

Meira Levinson
Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society, Graduate School of Education & Co-director of the Graduate Fellowship Program, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

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

Martha Minow
300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard Law School

Robert H. Mnookin
Samuel Williston Professor, Harvard Law School

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

Azar Nafisi
Author; 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, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California 

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

Farah Pandith
Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

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

Fernando Reimers
Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education & Director, Global Education Innovation Initiative and International Education Policy Masters Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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

Robert L. Selman
Roy Edward Larsen Research Professor of Education and Human Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education & Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

John Shattuck
Professor of Practice in Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Senior Fellow, 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 Stern Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Beverly Daniel Tatum
President Emerita, Spelman College

Barry Trachtenberg
Michael R. and Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History & Associate Professor of History, Wake Forest University

Eleonora Villegas-Reimers
Clinical Professor & Chair of the Teaching and Learning Department at Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, Boston 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 on Education & Faculty Director, Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education & Kennedy School of Government 

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


Kidada Williams
Associate Professor of History, Wayne State University

Janelle Wong
Professor, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Government and Politics, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, University of Maryland

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