ACLS: Advancing the Humanities

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    See the collection of talks by ACLS President Pauline Yu. 

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

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

ACLS Board of Directors and Committees



ACLS Board of Directors

8x8_orange_sq denotes a member of the Board Executive Committee
8x8_yellow_sq denotes a member of the Investment Committee


Name Affiliation Term Ends
William C. KirbyChair 6x9_orange_yellow_super Harvard University 2021
Nicola CourtrightVice Chair 6x9_orange_yellow_super Amherst College 2019
Ann FabianSecretary 6x9_orange_super Rutgers University-New Brunswick, emeritus 2020
Michele Moody-Adams, Treasurer 6x9_orange_yellow_super Columbia University 2020
Peter Baldwin University of California, Los Angeles 2020
Donald Brenneis University of California, Santa Cruz 2019
Jimena Canales University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2021
Terry Castle Stanford University 2019
Karl Eikenberry Stanford University 2021
Frances Daly Fergusson     Vassar College, president emeritus 2022
James Grossman (ex officio) American Historical Association 2019
Marwan M. Kraidy University of Pennsylvania 2021
Michèle Lamont Harvard University 2020
Carl Pforzheimer III6x9_orange_yellow_super CHIPCO Asset Management, LLC 2020
Richard J. Powell Duke University 2020
Elaine Sisman (ex officio)   American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2019
Pauline Yu (ex officio) 6x9_orange_yellow_super ACLS   ---

ACLS Investment Committee


Member Affiliation
Heidi Carter Pearlson, Chair Adamas Partners, LLC
Nicola Courtright Amherst College
Lisa Danzig Roundtable Investment Partners
William C. Kirby Harvard University
Charlotte V. Kuh National Research Council (retired)
Thomas Lenehan The Rockefeller University
Herbert Mann   TIAA-CREF (retired)
Michele Moody-Adams Columbia University
Carl Pforzheimer III CHIPCO Asset Management, LLC
Carla H. Skodinski Van Beuren Management, Inc.
Daniel L. Stoddard American Museum of Natural History
Pauline Yu ACLS

Westley M. Hays, Advisor

Monticello Associates

Executive Committee of the Delegates

The Committee chair serves ex officio on the ACLS Board of Directors


Name Society Term Ends
Elaine Sisman, Chair American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2019
Constance Backhouse American Society for Legal History 2020
Theodore C. Bestor Association for Asian Studies 2020
Vivian Curran American Society of Comparative Law 2019
Stephen Hartnett     National Communication Association 2021
Elizabeth Higginbotham American Sociological Association 2021
Dorothy Hodgson African Studies Associaion 2021

Executive Committee of the Conference of Executive Officers (CEO)

The Committee chair serves ex officio on the ACLS Board of Directors.


Name Society Term Ends
James Grossman, Chair American Historical Association 2019
Amy Ferrer American Philosophical Association 2020
Gerard Hauser Rhetoric Society of America 2019
Lynda Park Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies 2019
Jill Simpson Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2020
Julie Van Camp American Society for Aesthetics 2021
Andrew Vaughn American Schools of Oriental Research 2021