North America Experts
Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park
Coming of age in the midst of anti-war demonstrations, grape boycotts, and women's consciousness-raising groups sparked my interest in reform movements. Seeking to understand how progressive social change happened, I entered the doctoral program in U.S. history at Northwestern University in 1982 and soon began working as a precinct captain in Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's Democratic Party. M...
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Ohio State University
Irfan Nooruddin is an Associate Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University. His current research centers on questions at the intersection of comparative and international political economy. Just as with institutions and economic development, the principal problem of violent domestic conflict is understanding how to design state institutions that will constrain...
President Emeritus, Williams College
Secretary of Education, 2001-2005
Dr. Paige has had an extensive career in education, as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He graduated from Jackson State University in Mississippi and later earned both a master's and a doctoral degree from Indiana University. He served for a decade as dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University. In 1994 , Dr. Paige became superintendent of the Houston Independent School Dist...
Deputy Managing Editor, The Atlantic
Member of the Quebec National Assembly and Minister Responsible for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
Professor of History, University of North Carolina
I was born in the segregated South, and I grew up with race as a fact of life. I was a first-year law student when I first encountered the notion that race was a social construction. Fascinated by this idea, I abandoned law school and enrolled in graduate school in history. A chance encounter with a state historic site, the early nineteenth-century house of a Cherokee planter in Georgia, revealed...
Understanding Government, American University
ExperienceFounding editor in chief of The Washington Monthly, former director of evaluation, U.S. Peace Corps