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William Damon is professor of education and director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence. His research on character development and values has produced four books, including The Moral Child (Free Press, 1990). He recently finished editing the sixth edition of the Handbook of Child Psychology.

Liisa Malkki is associate professor of cultural and social anthropology and the author of Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology Among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania (U. of Chicago Press, 1995). She has conducted research on refugee communities, the politics of humanitarianism, and the place of the child in societies. She teaches Children and the Politics of Culture.

Fernando Mendoza is professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of general pediatrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. He has also served as an associate dean for minority programs at Stanford Medical School for the past 20 years. His research interests are Latino child health care, immigrant health care and obesity in childhood.

Rob Reich is professor of political science and professor by courtesy in the School of Education. A former elementary school teacher, his research deals with the development of children as citizens and the moral and legal status of children. He wrote Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in Education (U. of Chicago Press, 2002).

Lee Shulman is professor of education, emeritus, and president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. An expert on teaching and teacher training, he wrote The Wisdom of Practice: Essays on Teaching, Learning and Learning to Teach (Jossey-Bass, 2004). His research in the late 1980s led to the establishment of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Michael Wald is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law and professor by courtesy in the School of Education. His teaching and research concerns public policy as it relates to children and draws on his experience as former director of the San Francisco Department of Social Services and deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he served during the Clinton administration.

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