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James D. Anderson (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, UIUC) is Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education, Head of the Department of Educational Policy Studies, and Professor of History at UIUC. His scholarship focuses broadly on the History of American Education with specializations in the history of African American Education in the South, history of higher education desegregation, history of public school desegregation, and the history of African American school achievement in the twentieth century. His book, The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935 won the AERA Outstanding Book Award in 1990. Dr. Anderson has served as an expert witness in a series of federal desegregation and affirmative action cases, including Jenkins v. Missouri, Knight v. Alabama, Ayers v. Mississippi, and Gratz v. Michigan. He served as advisor to and participant in the PBS documentaries “School: The Story of American Public Education” (2001) and “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow” (2002) and “Forgotten Genius: The Percy Julian Story.” He is the Senior Editor of the History of Education Quarterly and was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2008.

Andrew J. Coulson directs the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. He is author of “Market Education: The Unknown History,” the only book to address contemporary education policy questions by drawing on case studies from the entire span of recorded history. He has written for academic journals including the Journal of Research in the Teaching of English, the Journal of School Choice, and the Education Policy Analysis Archives and for newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. He is also author of the most comprehensive review to date of the international scientific research comparing public, private and free market schools.

Coulson has contributed to numerous books published by organizations such as the Hoover Institution and the Fraser Institute, and has appeared on national television and radio. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the E.G. West Centre for Market Solutions in Education at the University of Newcastle, UK. Coulson was previously the Senior Fellow in Education Policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Prior to entering the field of education in the mid 1990s, he was a systems software engineer with Microsoft Corp.

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