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The public education program on Understanding Race and Human Variation builds on sound scholarship in the sciences and humanities. The project encourages an integrative and comprehensive approach to the study of race and human variation. The project contributes to the development of scholars and scholarship and sponsors conferences, sessions at annual meetings, and publications. The papers produced as a result of these efforts are published to promote public understanding and advance ongoing and future scholarship in this important area of inquiry.

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Pamela Ashmore, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Education and Associate Director for the Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. Her research interests include primate behavior and evolutionary ecology. She conducts hands-on educational programs and workshops for middle and high school students and teachers.

Micaela di Leonardo, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and Performance Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Her research focuses on economic restructuring; gender and sexuality; race, ethnicity and nationalism; public culture; and urban representation. She has published widely on these topics in scholarly and popular media.

Michelle Farrell works in the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

Susan Hangen, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ. Her research interests include race, ethnicity, nationalism and social movements. She has written on the politics of racial identity in Nepal.

Donna Hart, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in the Pierre Laclede Honors College and Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. Her research and teaching interests cover a range of topics within biological anthropology from primate predatory behavior to human diversity and concepts of race.

John Hartigan, Jr., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. His research interests include race and public health, anthropology of science and he has authored books and articles on white racial identity.

Thomas C. Holt, Ph.D. is James Westfall Thompson Professor of American and African American History at University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. He is past President of the American Historical Association. He has written extensively on the comparative experiences of people in the African diaspora, particularly those in the Caribbean and the United States.

Richard L. Jantz, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. His research interests include human variation, skeletal biology and forensic anthropology; particularly the development of computerized databases in these areas.

S. Agnes Lee, Ph.D. teaches in the Liberal Studies Department at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO. She has conducted research on sustainable farming systems in Ethiopia.

Simon J. Craddock Lee, Ph.D. is a medical anthropologist and Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Basic and Biobehavioral Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. He is studying the ethics of public health and prevention and developing a critical theory analysis of how concepts of race, culture and ethnicity are employed in cancer health disparities research and policy.

Jeffrey Long, Ph.D. is Professor of Human Genetics, Department of Human Genetics at University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI. His research and writing focuses on the analysis of human polymorphism, including human population genetics, the inheritance of complex diseases, and statistical genetics. He is a member of the Understanding Race and Human Variation Project Advisory Board.

Ian Haney López, J.D. is Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. His writings on race relations and law have focused on the legal history of the Mexican-American civil rights struggle, legal violence and racial identity, and racial restrictions on United States citizenship.

William C. McGaghie, Ph.D. is professor of medical education and professor of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois where he has served since 1992.  Dr. McGaghie’s research and writing in medical education and preventive medicine ranges widely including such topics as personnel and program evaluation, research methodology, medical simulations, attitude measurement, medical student selection, concept mapping, curriculum development, faculty development, standardized patients, and geriatrics. 

Mica Pollock, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Her research addresses racialized inequality and diversity in school and community settings. Her writings explore discursive uses and "deletions" of race labels in education.

Kimberly Eison Simmons, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. She has published on identity formations, cultural construction of race and gender, women's organizations, migration and immigration among various African Diaspora communities throughout the Americas.

Audrey Smedley, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology Emerita at  Binghamton University  and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr Smedley’s research has focused on the construction of the idea of race. She is the author of Race in North America:  Origin and Evolution of a Worldview, currently in its third edition.

Yasuko Takezawa, Ph.D. is Professor at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University and Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and MIT, Cambridge, MA. She has authored several books and numerous articles on race and ethnicity, migration and intercultural communication in Japan and the United States.

Eric C. Thompson, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at National University of Singapore. His research interests include urbanism and information and communications technology.


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