AIR Reads: A Sampling of Books by AIR Board Members, Fellows, and Staff Members
Making the world a better and more informed place drives AIR board members, fellows, and staff. These recent books examine pressing issues in depth, drawing on the best research available to understand complex challenges and offer practical solutions.
AIR Board Members
Nancy Cantor and Earl Lewis (Eds.), Princeton University Press (2016)
This inaugural volume of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Our Compelling Interests series illustrates that a diverse population offers communities a prescription for thriving now and in the future. The landmark essay collection, co-edited by Rutgers University-Lewis Chancellor Nancy Cantor, examines the demographic transitions shaping American life and presents a broad-ranging look at the value of diversity to democracy and civil society.
No Condition is Permanent: A Collection of Memories
Delano Lewis (author) and Brian Lewis (editor), independently published (2018)
It All Begins with Self
Delano Lewis (author), Brian Lewis and Gayle Lewis, independently published (2015)
In these memoirs, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and past president and CEO of National Public Radio reflects on his life of hard work, faith, focus, and vulnerability. Growing up in Kansas in the era of segregation, Lewis bucked the odds by becoming a lawyer, joining the Peace Corps, and advancing his career in leadership roles as a public servant, businessman, and diplomat.
Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor, Routledge (2012)
Breaking new ground in its innovative blend of quantitative and qualitative methods, the book argues that sustainable growth, based on economic development and regional equity, is indeed possible. While offering specific insights for regional leaders and analysts of metropolitan areas, the authors also draw a broader—and timely—set of conclusions about how to scale up these efforts.
AIR Institute Fellows
David Hayes-Bautista, University of California Press (2017)
This study, based on decades of data and spanning a hundred years, paints a vivid and energetic portrait of Latino society in California. Hayes-Bautista is a distinguished professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
David Hayes-Bautista, University of California Press (2012)
This book traces the roots of the distinctly American celebration of Cinco de Mayo, a holiday with meanings that have shifted over time to reflect the aspirations of the Latino community.
Harry J. Holzer and Sandy Baum, Brookings Press (2017)
Many disadvantaged college students face hurdles in completing coursework, earning valuable credentials, paying for college and keeping up with college debts. This book, co-authored by Georgetown University professor of public policy Harry Holzer, reviews potential causes, as well as promising policy solutions.
Where Are All the Good Jobs Going? What National and Local Job Quality and Dynamics Mean for U.S. Workers
Harry J. Holzer, Julia I. Lane, David B. Rosenblum and Frederik Anderson, Russell Sage Foundation (2011)
This book examines the structural changes in the U.S. economy and addresses the most-pressing questions faced by today’s workers: Can the labor market still produce jobs with good pay and benefits for the majority of workers, and will these jobs remain stable over time?
Jennifer O’Day, Catherine S. Bitter, & Louis M. Gomez (Eds.) Harvard Education Press (2011)
Offers insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the City’s ambitious “Children First” school reform efforts conducted from 2002 through 2010 under the leadership of Joel Klein, the former chancellor. The book addresses key aspects of urban systemic reform, including governance, accountability, instruction, finance, choice and competition, and student outcomes.
Claude M. Steele, W. W. Norton & Company (2011)
Claude Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. Steele, executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Berkeley, sheds new light on American social phenomena—from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men—and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.
Stephen Raphael and Michael A. Stoll, Russell Sage Foundation (2013)
This book evaluates the rapid and dramatic rise in incarceration rates, enforcement practices and sentencing laws. Co-authored by Michael Stoll, professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, the book offers alternative crime control strategies for states confronted with the budgetary and societal costs of mass incarceration.
Jack Buckley, Lynn Letukas and Ben Wildavsky (Eds.), Johns Hopkins University Press (2017)
Once touted as the best way to compare students from diverse backgrounds, standardized tests like the SAT and ACT have increasingly come under scrutiny for potential bias toward traditionally privileged groups. This book, co-edited by AIR’s Jack Buckley, senior vice president of research and evaluation, investigates the research and policy implications of emerging test-optional college admissions practices and considers both sides of the debate.
Coby V. Meyers and Marlene Darwin (Eds.), Information Age Publishing (2018)
Research is clear: School leadership quality matters. This book advances discussion and disseminates knowledge and global perspectives on what school leadership looks like, how it is enacted and under what circumstances, and when or where lessons might be portable.
Breakthrough Teaching and Learning: How Educational and Assistive Technologies Are Driving Innovation
Tracy Gray and Heidi Silver-Pacuilla (Eds.) (2011)
Interactive media and mobile devices have vastly enhanced the potential for teaching and learning both in and outside of the classroom, particularly for those with special needs. This book explores the concept of personalized learning and its application to diverse student populations, its limitless possibilities for innovation, and its ability to tap into previously underused areas of the human mind.