Measure of America benefits from the guidance of an engaged group of leading thinkers and practitioners from a variety of sectors–policy-makers, academics, business and religious leaders, and providers of social services–who, acting in their personal capacities, provide invaluable feedback at every stage of the project.
Ivye L. Allen, community development and systems change, President, Foundation for the Mid South, which works to advance equity issues and opportunities in the American South. Former director of fellowship programs for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York;
Richard Arum, sociologist, Professor of Sociology and Education at New York University, author most recently ofAcademically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses and numerous other publications on education, institutions, and social stratification;
Xavier de Souza Briggs, sociologist and urban planner, Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of numerous publications on the consequences of segregation by race and income, social capital, racial and ethnic diversity and immigrant incorporation, and effective governance in changing democratic societies. Author of the award-winning Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty and other books. Served as associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in Obama Administration;
Craig Calhoun, sociologist, President of Social Science Research Council, NYU Professor, author of numerous publications on social movements, democracy, technological change, globalization, etc., appointed director of the London School of Economics and Political Science effective September 2012;
Dalton Conley, sociologist, Professor/Chair of Sociology at New York University, focuses on child poverty and the transmission of socio-economic status across generations. Author of Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth, and Social Policy in America; The Pecking Order; and others;
Stephanie Coontz, social historian, Professor of History and Family Studies, The Evergreen State College, author of books on family history including The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families, andMarriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage, and frequent writer and commentator on TV and in print media;
Sheldon H. Danziger, economist, Director, National Poverty Center and H. J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan, author of numerous publications focusing on public policy, trends in poverty and inequality, and welfare reform, including: America Unequal; Detroit Divided; Child Poverty and Deprivation in the Industrialized Countries; and Changing Poverty, Changing Policies.
Neil Howe, economist and demographer, founding partner of consulting firm LifeCourse Associates, interested in the collective personality of generations, co-author of Generations, Millennials in the Workplace, and others;
Carla Javits, leader in public-private partnerships to create jobs for people who face high barriers to employment, chief convener of the national social enterprise job creators network SE4Jobs, President, REDF;
Jerome Karabel, sociologist, Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley, author of The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton (2005), which won the Distinguished Scholarly Book Award of the ASA. Also writes frequently for The Nation, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, etc.;
Ichiro Kawachi, social epidemiologist, Professor of Social Epidemiology at Harvard University, author of numerous books on the social determinants of health and health disparities in the U.S. and internationally and an expert on the damaging health consequences of growing inequality;
Gary King, political scientist, Professor of Government, Harvard University, expertise in quantitative research and forecasting in critical human development areas such as health, political participation, human security, and others. Author of numerous books on these topics;
Meizhu Lui, expert on wealth disparities, former director of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and former Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy;
Jeff Madrick, economist, Director of Policy Research at New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, Editor of Challenge Magazine, author of numerous publications on economic growth, inequality, labor market insecurity. Former commentator on NBC News;
Paul Ong, economist, Professor of Urban Planning and Asian American studies at UCLA, conducts research on labor market status of minorities and immigrants, worker displacement and his 1994 study on Asian Pacific Americans challenged the stereotype of Asians as the “model minority.”;
James Rosenbaum, sociologist, Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, research focus on the effects of the Gautreaux public housing relocation program in Chicago and on the high school to work transition. Author of Crossing the Class and Color Lines: From Public Housing to White Suburbia and After Admission: From College Access to College Success, among others;
Adela de la Torre, agricultural economist, Professor of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Davis, formerly syndicated columnist for Los Angeles times, activist and scholar on health care, immigration and other issues affecting Latino community. Author of Moving from the Margins: A Chicana’s View of Public Policy, and others.
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