Conference Speakers

Keynote Cross-Institutional Partnerships to Build Inclusive Cities


Nancy Cantor
Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark

Presentation Title: Anchor Institutions and Urban Inequality

Bio: Nancy Cantor is Chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark, a diverse, urban, public research university. A distinguished leader in higher education, she is recognized nationally and internationally as an advocate for re-emphasizing the public mission of colleges and universities, both public and private, viewing them not as traditional "ivory towers," but as anchor institutions that collaborate with partners from all sectors of the economy to fulfill higher education’s promise as an engine of discovery, innovation, and social mobility.

Having led a highly inclusive and democratic strategic visioning process at Rutgers University–Newark in her inaugural year, she is now leading implementation of the institution’s first strategic plan, which is designed to leverage the university’s many strengths, particularly its exceptional diversity, tradition of high-impact research, and role as an anchor institution in Greater Newark.

Prior to her current position, Cantor was Chancellor and President of Syracuse University, where she led multi-faceted initiatives that built on the university’s historical strengths, pursuing cross-sector collaborations in the City of Syracuse that simultaneously enriched scholarship and education, spurring transformation of that older industrial city. These local engagements in areas such as environmental sustainability; art, technology, and design; neighborhood and cultural entrepreneurship; and urban school reform demonstrated the impact and importance of engaged scholarship and the inter-connectedness of the pressing issues of our world. The breadth, depth, and success of these efforts earned Chancellor Cantor one of higher education’s highest honors, the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award, in 2008. They also earned Syracuse the distinction of being among the first institutions to earn the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's classification as a university committed to Community Engagement and annual distinction on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


Minister Albert Fritz
Minister for Social Development, Western Cape Province, South Africa

Presentation Title: Turning despair into hope and positive growth: The challenges and strategies of the Western Cape Government towards building a socially inclusive future for all young people

Bio: Adv. Albert Fritz is the Deputy Provincial Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance, and is currently serving a second term as the Western Cape Minister of Social Development.

Fritz has a proud history of anti-Apartheid struggle. As a native of the Hanover Park, a part of the notorious Cape Flats, Fritz found his political wakening during the 1976 youth uprisings in South Africa. Fritz has an extensive record of serving the communities of the province, and has been in public service for more than 30 years. In 1999 he was appointed as judicial inspector of prisons, in the office of the Inspecting Judge. In 2002 he was promoted to Chief Judicial Inspector of Prisons in South Africa.

In 2009 he was elected to parliament and served as the Deputy Shadow Minister of Correctional Services, and in 2010 he was appointed as Western Cape Minister for Community Safety where he brought with him a wealth of information with regard to civilian oversight in particular.

After the 2011 local government elections, the cabinet was re-shuffled and he was appointed as the Western Cape Minister for Social Development, where he drives issues of youth development, promoting social inclusion, reducing poverty, people living with disabilities, early childhood development, victim empowerment and older persons programme.

Fritz believes in life-long learning and throughout all his challenging assignments, he still found the time to keep up with academia. He is currently busy with his Masters in Law, and in February 2014, he was admitted to the Western Cape High Court as an Advocate.


Saskia Sassen
Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Presentation Title: Cities: A window into larger social and economic realities

Bio: Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University ( Her new book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014). Recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages ( Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2012). Among older books are The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991/2001), and Guests and Aliens (New Press 1999). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She is the recipient of diverse awards and mentions, including multiple doctor honoris causa, named lectures, and being selected as one of the top global thinkers on diverse lists. Most recently she was awarded the Principe de Asturias 2013 Prize in the Social Sciences and made a member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of Netherland.


Moderator: Shirley M. Collado, Executive Vice Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark

Shirley M. Collado received her undergraduate degree in Human & Organizational Development and Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1994, followed by M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from Duke University. Collado is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in trauma among multicultural populations.  Collado has taught at a number of colleges and universities, including New York University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, The New School, Middlebury College and Lafayette College.  A national thought leader on diversity, collaboration and innovation, Collado has delivered numerous keynote addresses and presentations, facilitated workshops and trainings, consulted on initiatives with many organizations, and received several awards.  

In January 2015, Collado joined the Rutgers University — Newark community as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer. In these dual roles, Collado leads the implementation of key elements of the university’s strategic plan and oversees academic affairs, student affairs and core institutional operations, including academic services, enrollment services, student life, human resources, facilities, information technology, and budget and finance. She continues her research and teaching pursuits at RU-N as a faculty member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology with an affiliation in the Department of Psychology.

The Arts in Urban Activism

Aimee Cox
Associate Chair of African and African American Studies, Fordham University

Presentation Title: Experiments in Space and Embodied Translations

Bio: Dr. Cox is a cultural anthropologist and tenured professor of African and African American Studies at Fordham University. She is on the editorial board of "The Feminist Wire" and on the founding editorial board of "Public: A Journal of Imagining America.". She is also an executive board member of the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) and former co-editor of "Transforming Anthropology," the peer-reviewed journal of the ABA. In addition, she trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured extensively as a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II.


Kimberly DaCosta Holton
Associate Professor of Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Rutgers University, Newark

Presentation Title: Brick City Fado: An Urban Ballad's Cross Cultural Reach

Bio: Kimberly DaCosta Holton is Associate Professor of Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Rutgers University, Newark.  The recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, Holton is a performance studies scholar and ethnographer who has published widely on expressive culture, politics and migration in the Lusophone world.  Holton is the founder and Director of the Ironbound Oral History Project.  She is also the author of Performing Folklore: Ranchos Folclóricos from Lisbon to Newark (Indiana UP 2005) and co-editor with Andrea Klimt of Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans Along the Eastern Seaboard (UP of New England 2009).  Holton is currently working on a book about Portuguese fado performance in diaspora.


Tim Raphael
Director of The Center for Migration and the Global City, Associate Professor, Department of Arts, Culture and Media, Rutgers University-Newark

Presentation Title: Newest Americans: Stories From The Global City

Bio:  Tim Raphael is associate professor of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the founding director of the Center for Migration and the Global City, an incubator for multidisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and civic engagement that supports research, educational curriculum, public humanities programming and civic partnerships with community and cultural organizations around immigration.

Raphael is also the co-founder and director of Newest Americans, a multimedia research, documentary and arts project produced by CMGC and faculty in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark in partnership with VII Photo and Talking Eyes Media.

He is also a theater director, producer, dramaturge, and adapter who has developed more than 50 new American plays. He has written extensively on the intersection of politics and performance and is the author of The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance, which examines Reagan’s immersion in radio, film and television as a case study of how the techniques and technologies of electronic media have transformed American politics and political representation.

Raphael holds a BA in the History of Religions from Wesleyan University and an MA and PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University. He has taught theater, performance studies, and American studies at Rutgers, Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Wesleyan University, Ursinus College, Georgetown University, and the Universidade Aberta in Lisbon, Portugal.


Lillian Ribeiro
MA, RDT Candidate, City University of New York, School of Professional Studies

Presentation Title: Community Education and Advocacy Plays Inspired by True Stories

Bio: Lillian Ribeiro, a native of Ironbound Newark, N.J., has a long artistic history of working with grassroots and community organizations. For over 15 years, Ribeiro has worked as an arts activist committed to reshaping how art is created, presented, and received by organizing original and nationally recognized community-based art-shows, theatrical productions and film events with various partnering organizations. As a trained applied theatre practitioner, who holds a commitment to participant-centered practices, she believes in fostering meaningful collective experiences with participants who normally do not identify as artists. Her passion is creating work with youth from urban communities, survivors of domestic violence, and elders living with dementia and Alzheimer's.

Currently, Ribeiro teaches Theatre for Social Change at Montclair State University, facilitates the Bridges Intergenerational Arts Program at Montclair Art Museum, and works for the YWCA Union County, a lead domestic violence agency, as the Drama Therapist and Community Educator. Ribeiro is the founder of LIPS: Living Incubator Performance Space, and one of the co-founding members of Gaia, a collective of women artists and activists. She has worked for several established organizations some of which include Arts Horizons, Canterbury at Cedar Grove nursing home, Catholic Charities Dioceses of Metuchen, Cornerstone Theater Company, Cornell Hall Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, Newark Senior Citizen Centers, Roots and Branches Theater, and Women Aware.

Ribeiro received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University: Theatre Arts and Speech from the School of Arts and Sciences, and completed her Master of Arts in Applied Theatre at City University of New York, School of Professional Studies. Currently, she is training as a drama therapist through the North American Drama Therapy Association. She has trained with Michael Rohd at Sojourn Theatre Company in Chicago, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City, Cornerstone Theatre Company and El Teatro Campesino in California, with Anne Basting at University of Wisconsin’s summer institute Create/Change: Transforming Care for Elders Through Creative Engagement, University Settlement’s Creative Aging Training Institute, and the National Center for Creative Aging Arts and Aging Core for teaching artists. Ribeiro is a trained facilitator of TimeSlips, a participant-centered storytelling method that creatively engages aging adults’ with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In addition to working with communities, Ribeiro creates personal artwork about her cultural identity as Portuguese-American, and curates exhibitions reflective of female perspectives.


Moderator: Ian Watson, Arts, Culture, Media, Rutgers University-Newark

Ian Watson is Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media as well as the Coordinator of the Theatre Program. He is the author of Towards a Third Theatre: Eugenio Barba and the Odin Teatret (Routledge, 1993, 1995) and Negotiating Cultures: Eugenio Barba and the Intercultural Debate (Manchester University Press, 2002).  He edited Performer Training Across Cultures (Harwood/Routledge, 2001). He has contributed chapters to over a dozen books, and published numerous articles in journals such as New Theatre Quarterly, About Performance, The Drama Review, Issues in Integrative Studies, The Latin American Theatre Review, Asian Theatre Journal,  Latin American Theatre Review, and Gestos.  He is an Advisory Editor for New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre, Dance and Performer Training, and About Performance.

Civic Engagement in Cities: Participation, Politics, and NGOs


Sean Mitchell
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University, Newark

Presentation Title: The Changing Politics of Inequality in Brazil's Cities

Bio: Sean T. Mitchell is a sociocultural anthropologist who studies politics of inequality, particularly in Brazil. His first solo-authored manuscript is "Space and race: The Politics of Inequality at Brazil’s Satellite Launch Center". He is also coeditor of *Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency* (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and author of numerous articles. He is currently beginning a new research project on changing class relations in contemporary Brazil.

Marie-Jeanne Ndimbira

Presentation Title: Lessons from the success of apartheid in Namibia and South Africa

Bio: Marie-Jeanne Ndimbira believes this generation should build on and embrace the unique characteristics of different ethnicities among the African diaspora to maximize human potential in order to move forward on an economic and political level without neglecting or excluding any demographic. She believes that by effectively utilizing Africa's rich natural resources, we can maximize the continent's educational potential. In other words, she works to meet the needs of Africa's youth to provide a set of skills that allow individuals to create a livelihood for themselves using their own abilities and talents.

Deutsche Welle has made a documentary about Ms. Ndimbira. The documentary interviewed her on her youth development program, Physically Active Youth, and how far the skilled youth invested in the program excelled. Deutsche Welle, being one of Germany's premier international broadcasting networks that aims towards foreign audiences, provided a huge platform for recognition of the organization's efforts.


Lester Spence
Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Center for Emerging Media Scholar in Residence

Presentation Title: Black Participation in the Wake of the Neoliberal Turn

Bio: I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Center for Emerging Media Scholar in Residence. I specialize in the study of black, racial, and urban politics. Over the past decade I’ve published articles on American institutional legitimacy in the wake of the contentious 2000 Presidential election, the effects of long-term black political empowerment on black participation, the role of media narratives on black attitudes about HIV/AIDS, and the determinants of support for black nationalism. But with my first book Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics(2011 W. E. B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award Winner)  I’ve become particularly interested in black politics in the wake of the neoliberal turn. My second book Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics, represents a sequel of sorts.

In the classroom I strive to accomplish three goals: To infuse my love of learning and the life of the mind in my students; to make politics and the various ways we can and SHOULD think about politics real to them; and finally, to give students the capacity to change the world they live in. In 2009 I received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Johns Hopkins University.I teach an array of courses in American Politics and Africana Studies. In 2010 I received an Arts Innovation Grant to fund a course that combined Black Politics and Documentary Photography. I co-taught the course (Black Visual Politics) the following year. In 2016 I am teaching two “deep dive” courses designed to get students to understand the political circumstances leading up to the Baltimore Uprising.


Celina Su

Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
Presentation Title: Beyond Inclusion: Deepening “Participation” in Participatory Budgeting
Bio: Celina Su is Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her work focuses on how everyday citizens engage in policy-making and community development—via deliberative democracy, community organizations, and social movements. Her publications include Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press, 2009), Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education (co-authored, NYU Press, 2009), and Introducing Global Health: Practice, Policy, and Solutions (co-authored, John Wiley/ Jossey-Bass, 2013). She co-founded Kwah Dao/ Burmese Refugee Project (, which employs participatory models to foster community development among Shan Burmese refugees in northwest Thailand, in 2001, and has served on New York City's participatory budgeting Steering Committee since 2011. Her honors includethe Berlin Prize and the Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Moderator: Mara Sidney, Rutgers University-Newark

Mara Sidney is an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science.  She is Co-Director of the Global Urban Studies/Urban Systems Ph.D.  She also works with the Graduate Program in American Studies and Program in Women's and Gender Studies.  Her research and teaching areas include urban politics and policy, race/ethnicity and politics, immigration, and public policy. Connecting research and teaching is an interest in advocacy organizations and NGOs, their roles in urban governance, and their relationship to public policy.  Current research focuses on local immigrant-serving NGOs in the US and Canada, specifically in Newark, New Jersey, and Ottawa, Ontario. Before turning to study immigration, she studied policies designed to combat racial discrimination in housing, affordable housing strategies, and the politics of education reform.


Education & Inequity: A Comparative Perspective


Elise Boddie
Rutgers School of Law-Newark

Presentation Title: Schools Without Borders

Bio: A nationally recognized expert in civil rights, Elise Boddie joined the faculty of Rutgers Law School–Newark in 2013 as an Associate Professor of Law. Boddie teaches constitutional law, civil rights, and state and local government law. Previously, she was the director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and supervised LDF’s nationwide litigation program, including its advocacy in several major Supreme Court and federal appellate cases. From 1999-2005, she litigated complex affirmative action, employment, economic justice, and school desegregation cases and argued in the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits. During this period, she also served as LDF’s Director of Education and as an Associate Director of Litigation. She is a frequent public speaker and has appeared on MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Democracy Now, and National Public Radio, among other television and radio programs.

Boddie received her B.A. cum laude from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Following a clerkship for Judge Robert Carter in the Southern District of New York, Boddie litigated at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in its New York office as the first recipient of the Fried, Frank/LDF fellowship. Boddie has also taught at New York Law School and Fordham Law School. In 2012, the Law and Society Association awarded her the John Hope Franklin Prize “for exceptional scholarship in the field of race, racism, and the law” for her article, “Racial Territoriality,” which was published in the UCLA Law Review. Boddie has also published in SCOTUSblog, Slate, Huffington Post, the New York Times Sunday Dialogue, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.  

Boddie was recently elected to the national board of the American Constitution Society and to the board of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. In addition, she has served on the boards of the North Star Fund, the Passaic County Legal Aid Society, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Labor & Employment Law Committee, and on a blue ribbon task force convened by the Montclair, New Jersey school superintendent to promote integration in the local public schools.


Dana Burde
New York University

Presentation Title: Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan.

Bio: Dana Burde is Associate Professor and Director of International Education at New York University, and affiliated faculty member at the NYU Politics Department, NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan, which was published by Columbia University Press in October 2014 and recently won the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award and the Gabriel Carras Award for outstanding research.  She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Education in Emergencies. Her research focuses on the effects of education on conflict and of conflict on education, the efforts of humanitarian organizations to mitigate these effects, and the relationship between education and political violence or peace. She is particularly interested in research that can be used to inform policy and that has the potential to help state and non-state actors create social change. She uses diverse research methods including qualitative case studies and complex field experiments that rely on both large-scale surveys and in-depth, qualitative interviews. Her research has also been published in Comparative Education Review, International Journal of Educational Development, American Economic Journal—Applied, Current Issues in Comparative Education, and the New York Times. Bloggers for the World Bank and The National Interest have featured her work and it also appears on the Jameel-Poverty Action Lab website. Her work has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Weikart Family Foundation, the Danish International Aid Agency, and the US Agency for International Development. Burde’s experiences as an aid worker and international education consultant include work in Latin America, Africa, and Central and South Asia. She received her PhD in Comparative Education and Political Science from Columbia University; EdM from Harvard University; and BA in English from Oberlin College.


Thea Renda Abu El-Haj
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Presentation Title:  We are stateless, but we still have rights: Becoming Palestinian American citizens in/between the intifada and the "war on terror"

Bio: Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is an anthropologist of education. Her current research explores new questions about youth citizenship raised by globalization, transnational migration, and the “war on terror.”  This ethnographic research focuses on how young Palestinian Americans and other Arab Americans grapple with questions of belonging and citizenship in the wake of September 11, 2001. She recently published a book about this project: Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth after 9/11 (2015, University of Chicago Press). Other publications about this research have appeared in Anthropology and Education Quarterly; Harvard Educational Review; Educational Policy; and Theory into Practice. Her first book, Elusive Justice: Wrestling with Difference and Educational Equity in Everyday Practice (Routledge, 2006), offers a critical account of the range of justice claims at play inside real schools, exploring several different, important dimensions of educational equity that are often ignored in contemporary educational policy debates.


Reva Jaffe-Walter
Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership, Montclair State University

Presentation Title: Creating Ideal Liberal Subjects: Nationalist Policies and the Coercive Assimilation of Muslim Youth in Denmark

Bio: Reva Jaffe-Walter is an educational anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Montclair State University. Her research focuses on immigration and schooling, the anthropology of policy, and urban education reform and has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Her book Coercive Concern: Nationalism, Liberalism and the Schooling of Muslim Youth was published with Stanford Press.


Moderator: Jamie Lew, Rutgers University-Newark

Jamie Lew is associate professor of sociology at Rutgers—Newark. Her research area includes sociology of education, immigration and international migration, race and ethnicity. Her research examines how ethnic and social networks impact social mobility and identities of children of immigrants in changing urban and suburban contexts. She has also worked in the field of international development, education reform, and refugee programs in various countries in Asia.

Her current research is a comparative study that examines integration policies of refugees and migrants in the U.S. and Europe. Specifically, she is comparing refugee and immigrant education policies, changing race and ethnic relations in schools, and transnational social and ethnic networks among refugee and migrant communities.


Kyle Farmbry
Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, Acting Dean, Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers University

Presentation Title: Welcome Remarks

Bio: Kyle Farmbry is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and Associate Dean of the Gradute School-Newark at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to joining the faculty of Rutgers, Farmbry taught at The University of Texas at San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, San Diego State University in San Diego, California and Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Gdansk in Gdansk, Poland, Benxi University in Benxi, China, and for the municipality of Orastie, Romania.

Farmbry's current research interests are in the areas of intersectoral dynamics, private and independent sector entrepreneurial development, the roles of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in facilitating minority enterprise development, and the role of community voice in public administration. He has presented his research throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, The United Kingdom, Sweden, The Netherlands, and South Africa.

In February of 2009, Farmbry was selected as one of thirty-five people from around the world to serve as a Fulbright New Century Scholar. In this role, he is engaged in research examining factors of youth entrepreneurial and civic engagement in South Africa. In 2005, he was awarded a grant from the Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnerships for a project entitled U.S.-Japanese NGO Network Development in the HIV/AIDS Crisis for exploratory work on nongovernmental organizations working in Japan on HIV/AIDS. He also was awarded the 2005 William Diaz Research Fellowship from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council for a project entitled Patterns of Nongovernmental Network Formation and the South African HIV/AIDS Crisis.

Farmbry currently serves as a member of the editorial board of Public Administration Review and has served as a member of the national councils of The American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

In February of 2009, Farmbry’s book, Administration and The Other: Explorations of Diversity and Marginalization in the Political Administrative State, was published by Rowman and Littlefield. Other recent work includes an article that appeared in November 2005 in the journal Public Administration Review on institutional development and lands claims issues in South Africa, and one that appeared in the December, 2007 issue of the Journal of Public Affairs Education on diversifying the academic pipeline. He latest book explores risk and crisis management.


Jan Lewis
Dean of Faculty and Professor of History, Rutgers University

Presentation Title: Welcome Remarks

Bio: Jan Ellen Lewis is Dean of Faculty and Professor of History at Rutgers University, Newark, and where she has taught American history since 1977. She teaches in the History Ph.D. program at Rutgers, New Brunswick, as well, and has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton University. She received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College; A.M.'s in both American Culture and History from the University of Michigan; and the Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. A specialist in colonial and early national history, with a particular interest in gender, race, and politics, she is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness: Family and Values in Jefferson’s Virginia (1983) and the co-editor (with Peter N. Stearns) of An Emotional History of the United States (1998) ; (with Peter S. Onuf) Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture (1999); and (with James Horn and Peter S. Onuf) The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, & the New Republic (2002), as well as many articles and reviews.  She reviews history and fiction for the Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter.  She has co-authored a college-level American history textbook, Of the People (Oxford University Press). Lewis has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, Center for the History of Freedom at Washington University, and the International Center for Jefferson Studies. She has chaired the New Jersey Historical Commission and the American Historical Association's Committee on Women Historians; she has served on many boards, including the Advisory Board of the International Center for Jefferson Studies, and the editorial board of The American Historical Review. She is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians.