James Anderson


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James D. Anderson is the author of The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935 which received the Outstanding Book Award of the American Educational Research Association. Anderson is also co-editor of New Perspectives on Black Educational History and has published numerous articles and book chapters on the history of education. He has served as expert witness in a series of federal desegregation cases, including, Liddell v. Missouri; Jenkins v. Missouri; Knight v. Alabama; Ayers v. Mississippi; and the recent University of Michigan affirmative action case, Gratz v. Michigan. His most current work includes a publication in press entitled No Sacrifice Too Great: The History of African American Education from Slavery to the Twenty-First Century. Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree (1966) from Stillman College and both a master’s degree (1969) and doctorate (1973) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was named a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study and Behavioral Science at Stanford University and recently received the Distinguished Career Contributions Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Committee on Scholars of Color in Education. He served as advisor to and participant in the PBS documentaries School: The Story of American Public Education” (2001), The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow” (2002), and Forgotten Genius: The Percy Julian Story” (2007). He is the Senior Editor of the History of Education Quarterly.

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