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    See the collection of talks by ACLS President Pauline Yu. 

  • 2018-board

    The ACLS Board of Directors at the 2018 annual meeting.  William Kirby, board chair, is at Pauline's right. See board and committees.

  • 2018-PY-ELewis

    Pauline in conversation with Earl Lewis, then president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  See the video series.

ACLS Staff


James Shulman
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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James Shulman became vice president and chief operating officer of the American Council of Learned Societies in July 2018.  Prior to joining ACLS, Shulman was a senior fellow at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. From its founding in 2001 to 2016 he was president of Artstor. Recent publications include "The Data We Need for Holistic Admissions" (in Change Magazine); "Collaborative Change: Bringing Innovation to Hard-to-change Institutions" (in the Stanford Social Innovation Review); "The Funder as Founder: Ethical Considerations of the Philanthropic Creation of Nonprofit Organizations," in The Ethics of Philanthropy (Oxford UP).

During his nine years at the Mellon Foundation, he worked in a range of research, administrative, and investment capacities. At the foundation, he collaborated with William G. Bowen and Derek Bok on The Shape of the River: Long-term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions (Princeton UP, 1998). He also wrote (with William G. Bowen), The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values (Princeton UP, 2001). Shulman received his BA and PhD from Yale in renaissance studies. His dissertation, which examined how heroes made decisions in the complex world of renaissance epic poetry forms the basis of The Pale Cast of Thought: Hesitation and Decision in the Renaissance Epic (U of Delaware P, 1998).