Through its array of programs, Woodrow Wilson has been privileged to support the development of more than 27,000 leaders—teachers and scholars, leaders and business people, artists and innovators. Fellows from various Woodrow Wilson programs continue to publish new work and receive recognition for their teaching and research. Some of them are featured here.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar CEF ’03 is the Charles & Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University, and the author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, a finalist for the National Book Awards.
Alumni from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s range of programs—the original Woodrow Wilson Fellowship program as well as the Mellon Fellowship, Pickering Fellowship, Newcombe Fellowship, Women’s Studies Fellowship, and many others—have become leaders in the academy, the private sector, the nonprofit world, and public service. These Fellows have won Nobels and Pulitzers, held roles as University Presidents and government officials, and received national and presidential medals and “genius” grants. The careers of the distinguished Fellows here demonstrate that WW has developed, and continues to develop, new generations of intellectual leaders.
As a junior faculty member, George Akerlof realized that traditional economics alone could not explain all economic transactions. His insightful early work led to his 2001 Nobel Prize. Creativity and interdisciplinary breadth have been his signature ever since.
The white paper by WW President Rajiv VInnakota aims to better understand how the work of funders, policymakers, educators, researchers, and nonprofit organizations comes together and interacts to produce the current system of civic education.