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.
Professor of Religious Studies & Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center, Manhattan College
Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College
James Bryant Conant University Professor & Director of the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Charles Howard Candler Professor & Chair of African American Studies, Emory University
Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities & Professor of English, Colgate University
Associate Professor of Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University
Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust & Professor of Jewish Studies, American Jewish University
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature, Penn State
Associate Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston
Author Associate, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University
Louis & Frances Lumkin Professor of Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Executive Director of the Sam & Francis Fried Holocaust & Genocide Academy, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Jacob B. Melnick Professor at the Stern School of Business, NYU
Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Urban Education, University of Memphis
Independent Historian, Curator, and Consultant
Director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, Graduate Center, City University of New York
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, TheRoot.com
Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies, Case Western Reserve University
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
Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Law School & Professor of History Arts & Sciences, Harvard University
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
PhD Fellow at Haifa University
Journalist; Founding Partner, International Media Development Advisers
Robert J. Jagers
Vice President of Research, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Stellenbosch
Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University
Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities & Professor of History, Rhodes College
Business Psychologist, Senior Partner & Co-founder, Pearn Kandola
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
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)
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
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
John K. Roth Professor of History, George R. Roberts Fellow, & Director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College
300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard Law School
Robert H. Mnookin
Samuel Williston Professor, Harvard Law School
Professor, School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences, Ulster University
Author; Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
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
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
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
Professor of Practice in Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
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
Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Beverly Daniel Tatum
President Emerita, Spelman College
Michael R. and Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History & Associate Professor of History, Wake Forest University
Clinical Professor & Chair of the Teaching and Learning Department at Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, Boston University
Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College; Director of Academic Programs, Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Senior Lecturer on Education & Faculty Director, Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education & Kennedy School of Government
Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Chair in History & Professor of African and African American Studies, Brandeis University
Associate Professor of History, Wayne State University
Professor, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Government and Politics, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, University of Maryland
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