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Ellen Condliffe Lagemann

Bard Center Distinguished Fellow at Simon’s Rock, Director, Bard Center for Education and Democracy, History

AB cum laude, Smith College; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University; PhD with distinction, Columbia University.

Dr. Lagemann began her career as a high-school social studies teacher. After she became an historian of education, she taught from 1978-1994 at Teachers College, Columbia University, and in the History Department at Columbia. At Teachers College she was also Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Politics of Education, and Editor of the Teachers College Record. From 1994–2002, she taught at New York University, where she was Director of the Center for the Study of American Culture and Education and founding chair of the Department of the Humanities and the Social Sciences in the Steinhardt School of Education. In 2000, she became President of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago, which supports education research around the world. Two years later, she became the Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently the Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education at Harvard, on leave.

Dr. Lagemann has lectured across the U.S. and in South Africa and has written about women’s history, philanthropy, and American education. She is currently working on two books: one on popular education in America, from 1636-2006, and one on the history of leadership in American higher education. She is the author or editor of nine books, including: A Generation of Women: Education in the Lives of Progressive Reformers, The Politics of Knowledge: The Carnegie Corporation, Philanthropy, and Public Policy, and Jane Addams on Education, as well as numerous articles, reports, reviews, and book chapters.

Dr. Lagemann has served as president of the History of Education Society and of the National Academy of Education. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, as well as Vice Chair of the Center’s board, and she has served on many other boards and national commissions, including the boards of the Russell Sage, Markle, and Greenwall Foundations. She was a member of the Teaching Commission, a director of Jobs for the Future, and a member of the Governing Board of the Rockefeller Archive Center in Pocantico, New York, and of the Advisory Board of the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. She was a member of Advisory Board of The Annenberg Foundation Trust’s Institutions of Democracy Project and chair of the Social Science Research Council, Committee on Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector.

She is currently a Director of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a member of the Advisory Committee of the (John) Dewey Center at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, President of the Board of Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts, Chair of the Board of Advisors of the District Management Council, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Co-Chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Teacher Preparation. (2007– )