Washington's Rebuke to Bigotry Contributor Biographies

The following scholars, prominent authors, and notable public figures contributed to Facing History's new publication, Washington's Rebuke to Bigotry: Reflections On Our First President’s Famous 1790 Letter To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island. Get the book today!

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, cultural theorist, and author of The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. Appiah is a professor of philosophy at Princeton University.

Jean-Louis Auduc is a professor of history and the former director of the University of Teacher Training of Créteil. Auduc has published textbooks on civic education for college students, and most recently he has written about gender equality and early male identity crisis in schools.

John M. Barry is the prize-winning author of Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America. Barry is an American historian who has written on a range of topics, including public health and the foundations of American democracy.

Zvi Ben-Dor Benite is the author of Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought: Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893–1958, and The Ten Lost Tribes. Ben-Dor Benite studies diaspora cultures and is currently professor of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University.

Robert A. Burt has written extensively on biomedical ethics and constitutional law, and his most recent book is In the Whirlwind: God and Humanity in Conflict. Burt is the Alexander M. Bickel Professor of Law at Yale University.

Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York City. His latest book is Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America. Daniels has worked as the director of publications for the National Urban League, as well as written for The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Daniel Dreisbach is a religious historian and the author of Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State. Dreisbach appears in the PBS special God in America, and he is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University.

Dan Eshet is a historian and curriculum developer at Facing History and Ourselves. He received a PhD in British history from UCLA and has taught at Boston College and Harvard University. 

Eli N. Evans is the author of The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South and co-author of An American Experience: Adeline Moses Loeb (1876–1953) and Her Early American Jewish Ancestors. Evans served for 25 years as the president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Michael Feldberg is a historian and executive director of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. He is a research faculty associate at the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University.

James W. Fraser is a professor of history and education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU. He has taught and written extensively on the state of teacher education in the United States and the place of religion in public schools.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first Jewish woman to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Ginsburg graduated from Cornell University and Columbia Law School and has served on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Throughout her career, Ginsburg has been a strong force for the nation through her advocacy for gender equality and her commitment to justice.

Phyllis Goldstein is the senior writer and researcher on key Facing History and Ourselves publications, including A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism. Goldstein has worked as a teacher, author, and editorial director for many years.

Charles C. Haynes is a senior scholar at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, the co-author of First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights in America, and the author of The First Amendment in Schools. Haynes is the chair of the Committee on Religious Liberty of the National Council of Churches.

Eve LaPlante is an author, as well as the great-niece of Abigail May Alcott and a cousin of Louisa May Alcott. Her most recent books include the biography Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother, Salem Witch Judge, and a compilation of essays by Abigail May Alcott that she edited: My Heart Is Boundless.

Jason Marsh is a co-editor of the anthology Are We Born Racist? and the author of The Compassionate Instinct. He is also the editor in chief of Greater Good, a publication created by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is a co-editor of the anthology Are We Born Racist? and an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Mendoza-Denton studies stereotyping, intergroup relations, cross-race friendships, and cultural psychology.

Martha L. Minow is the author of many books, including Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion and the American Law and, most recently, In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Educational Landmark. Minow is the Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Professor of Law and the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Harvard University.

David N. Myers is a professor of Jewish and intellectual cultural history and Robert N. Burr Department Chair in the UCLA Department of History.

Martha C. Nussbaum is a renowned American philosopher who focuses in political philosophy, feminism, and ethics. Her many publications include the books The New Religious Intolerance, Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach, and Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality.

Eboo Patel was named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders in 2009. Patel is the president and founder of Interfaith Youth Core and the author of Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.

Fernando M. Reimers leads an education think tank that convenes global education leaders, and he currently studies global and civic education. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at Harvard University.

Olivier Roy is a senior researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research and a professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. His books include Holy Ignorance: When Religion and Culture Part Ways and Secularism Confronts Islam.

Jonathan D. Sarna is one of the most prominent historians of American Judaism. Sarna is the author of American Judaism: A History and When General Grant Expelled the Jews. Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University.

John Sexton is the author of Baseball as a Road to God, which is based on a class he taught at New York University. In addition to serving as the university’s president, Sexton continues to teach about religion and civil procedure in the law at NYU.

Adam Strom serves as chief officer for content and innovation at Facing History and Ourselves. Strom has written and edited numerous books and guides, including Crimes Against Humanity and Civilization: The Genocide of the Armenians, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1985, and Stories of Identity: Religion, Migration, and Belonging in a Changing World.

Irvin Ungar is a former pulpit rabbi who is fluent in Jewish history and tradition, and he is the CEO of the noted firm of antiquarian booksellers Historicana, which he founded in 1987. Ungar is the foremost expert on the art of Arthur Szyk and devotes much of his time to advancing Szyk scholarship through his publications and consulting work for museum exhibitions.
 
David Waters is an award-winning editor and columnist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal in Tennessee, where he leads the Faith in Memphis and Safe in Memphis projects. His awards include a 2010 Wilbur Award for best religion blog and a 2004 Wilbur Award for best religion column.
 
James Wermuth is the founder and executive director of the John Clarke Society, a nonprofit dedicated to First Amendment rights and the legacy of the founder of Newport, Rhode Island. Wermuth is a proficient lecturer, educator, and writer.
 
Gordon S. Wood received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book The Radicalism of the American Revolution, and he is also the author of The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University.

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