Staff & Boards

The National Association of Scholars upholds the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, searches for the truth, and promotes virtuous citizenship.

Staff

Peter W. Wood
President

Peter Wood is the President of the National Association of Scholars. Dr. Wood is an anthropologist and former provost. He was appointed president of the NAS in January 2009. Before that, he served as NAS’s executive director (2007-2008), and as provost of The King’s College in New York City (2005-2007).

Dr. Wood was a tenured member of the Anthropology Department at Boston University, where he also held a variety of administrative positions, including associate provost and president’s chief of staff. He also oversaw the university’s scholarly publications and served as acting university librarian.

He received his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1987 from the University of Rochester. His dissertation, Quoting Heaven, examined the emergence of an American folk religion and pilgrimage center in rural Wisconsin. His undergraduate degree is from Haverford College (1975) and he has a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University (1977).

Dr. Wood is the author of 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project (Encounter Books, 2020), A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (Encounter Books, 2007), and of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books, 2003) which won the Caldwell Award for Leadership in Higher Education from the John Locke Foundation. These books extend his anthropological interest in examining emergent themes in modern American culture.

In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Wood has published several hundred articles in print and online journals, such as Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, Partisan Review and National Review Online, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Christopher Kendall
Chief Development Officer

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Christopher Kendall joined NAS in 2017 as a Development Associate. He graduated from The King's College with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Prior to working at NAS, he spent time studying at New College in Oxford University, and served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Texas House of Representatives.

Petru Kokora
Controller/Human Resource Director

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Petru Kokora joined the National Association of Scholars in June 2018. Before joining NAS he served as a Logistics Manager at Thomson Reuters, where he worked for 23 years, and a full-time pastor at Church of God of Ridgewood for 10 years. He was born in Uzdin, province of Vojvodina, Serbia. He is a happily married husband and a father of two daughters. Petru attended Technical College in Pančevo, Serbia,  and Lee University where he received a Master of Business Administration and studied Ministry Leadership.

Chance Layton
Communications Director

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Chance D. Layton is the Director of Communications of the National Association of Scholars. Chance attended The King’s College in Manhattan, where he studied politics, philosophy, and economics. He is an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Scholar for 2017-18, and one of the founding members of the American Enterprise Institute Council at The King’s College. Before coming to NAS, he worked for the National Review Institute and was a docent at the Museum of American Finance. 

Teresa R. Manning
Policy Director

Dear Colleague: The Weaponization of Title IX

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Teresa R. Manning is the Policy Director of the National Association of Scholars. Teresa graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1993 after completing her first year of law school at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She also has an M.A. in Western European History from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.A. in Philosophy is from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Before joining the National Association of Scholars, Teresa served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Population Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services. 

David Randall
Research Director

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David Randall is the Research Director of The National Association of Scholars. David earned a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University, an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University, a master’s degree in library science from the Palmer School at Long Island University, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Prior to working at NAS he was the sole librarian at the John McEnroe Library at New York Studio School.  He is the author of several NAS reports, including Beach Books (4 annual reports), The Disappearing Continent, Making Citizens, Charting Academic Freedom, The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science (co-author), Social Justice Education in America, Disfigured History, Climbing Down (co-author), Skewed History (co-author), and Shifting Sands (co-author).

Glenn Ricketts
Public Affairs Director

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Public Affairs Director Glenn Ricketts joined the NAS staff in 1989. He was the founding president of the NAS New Jersey state affiliate and served for 20 years on the NAS board of directors. A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He is also a professor of political science and U.S. history at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville New Jersey, where he has taught since 1982.

J. Scott Turner
Director of the Diversity in the Sciences Project

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Dr. Turner is a physiologist best known for his work on evolution and ecology. He is retired from the faculty of SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, though still active in his research specialty, the study of termite colonies. His books include The Extended Organism:  The Physiology of Animal-Built Structures (Harvard University Press, 2002); The Tinkerer's Accomplice: How Design Emerges from Life Itself (Harvard University Press, 2010); and Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something "Alive" and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It (HarperOne, 2017). He has authored more than 100 scientific and popular articles.

Stanley Young
Director of the Shifting Sands Project

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Dr. Young is currently the CEO of CGStat and previously worked at Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences on questions of applied statistics. He graduated from North Carolina State University, BS, MES and a Ph.D. in Statistics and Genetics. Dr. Young worked in the pharmaceutical industry on all phases of pre-clinical research. He has authored or co-authored over 70 papers including six “best paper” awards, and a highly cited book, Resampling-Based Multiple Testing. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an adjunct professor of statistics and biostatistics. Dr. Young is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Neetu Arnold
Research Associate, Student Debt & Administrative Growth

Priced Out: What College Costs America; Outsourced to Qatar: A Case Study of Northwestern University-Qatar

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Neetu graduated in 2018 from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Since graduating she has worked as a staff writer for The Daily Caller, where she wrote on education policy and campus culture. While she was still an undergraduate, Neetu was a New York Campus Correspondent for Campus Reform. She is the author of NAS's report, Priced Out: What College Costs America

Mason Goad
Junior Researcher, Diversity in Sciences Project
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Mason Goad is a Junior Researcher at the National Association of Scholars. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor's in Strategic and Security Studies, and is currently a graduate student of International Security at George Mason University. His writings have appeared in various outlets including The Cipher Brief and the American Intelligence Journal

Craig Klafter
Lead Researcher, American Universities Abroad Project
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Craig Evan Klafter is Rector and Professor of History Emeritus, the American University of Myanmar. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with General Honors and a Master of Arts both in History from The University of Chicago and a Doctor of Philosophy in Modern History from Oxford University. Professor Klafter previously taught at the University of Manchester, University of Southampton, and Boston University; and served as Assistant to the President of Boston University, Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of Northern Iowa, Associate Vice President International at the University of British Columbia, and Pro Vice-Chancellor External Relations at Oxford Brookes University. He is past President of the St. Catherine’s College (Oxford) Foundation, Treasurer of the American Society for Legal History, and Member of the Executive Committee of the Conference of Executive Officers of the American Council of Learned Societies. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Executive Board of the House of the Rising Stars Foundation.

Professor Klafter’s books include: Reason Over Precedent: Origins of American Legal Thought (Greenwood, 1993), Legal Practice Management and Quality Standards (Blackstone, 1995), and The Future of National Identity (UBC, 2008). He has published articles in the Journal of the Early Republic, American Journal of Legal History, Public Interest Law Journal, Journal of the Historical Society, Aboriginal Education World, Academic Questions, Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, and New Mandala. He has received grants from the Social Science Research Council of Canada, Canadian International Development Agency, and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. He is the recipient of the Webb-Smith Essay Prize for “The Americanization of Blackstone’s Commentaries,” Honorary Scarlet Key Award for enhancing student life at Boston University, and Craig Joyce Medal for service to the American Society for Legal History. 

Ian Oxnevad
Program Research Associate

After Confucius Institutes: China's Enduring Influence on American Higher Education

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Ian holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California and holds a MA in National Security Studies along with degrees in Arabic and English. He has taught at multiple levels of higher education, and has specialties in issues of economic warfare, counterterrorism, and Middle East politics. He is widely published in these subjects and has consulted for the private sector on these issues. In his spare time, he is an equestrian and is pursuing a second doctorate in theology. 

John Sailer
Research Associate

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John Sailer is a Research Associate at the National Association of Scholars. He graduated from The King’s College with a bachelor's in politics, philosophy, and economics, and from Columbia University Teachers College with a master's in philosophy and education. Prior to joining the team at NAS, John worked as a teacher.

David Welch
Development Assistant 

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David Welch joined NAS in September 2019. A native of Texas, he graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Great Texts of the Western Tradition in 2013. David went on to receive an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto and an M.T.S. in the History of Christianity from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to NAS, he taught history and Latin at a Great Hearts Academy in San Antonio, Texas, and worked as a research assistant and office assistant at the University of Notre Dame.

Marina Ziemnick
Communications Associate

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Marina Ziemnick joined the National Association of Scholars as a Communications Associate in 2021. She holds a BA in Political Philosophy with a minor in Music from Patrick Henry College. She previously worked as a Program Manager for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), where she organized undergraduate conferences and facilitated ISI’s campus lecture program. Originally from Virginia, Marina now lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her husband, Kyle. 

Carol Iannone
Editor-at-Large, Academic Questions

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Seth Forman
 Managing Editor, Academic Questions

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A Ph.D. in American history with a Master of Public Administration degree, Seth Forman has taught history, political science, and public policy at Stony Brook University, Nassau County Community College, Long Island University, SUNY Farmingdale, and Suffolk County Community College since 1993. A long-time regional planner on Long Island, Dr. Forman’s most recent book, American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama (2011), has been called “A terrific, comprehensive telling of Obama’s rise to power,” by Abigail Thernstrom, the Vice-Chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Earlier books include Blacks in the Jewish Mind: A Crisis of Liberalism (NYU Press 1998) and The Fire Island National Seashore: A History 1964-2004 (SUNY Press 2008).

Board of Directors

Keith Whitaker
Chairman

Keith is President of Wise Counsel Research. He has consulted for many years with leaders of enterprising families, helping them plan succession, develop next-generation talent, and communicate around estate planning. Family Wealth Report named Keith the 2015 "outstanding contributor to wealth management thought-leadership."

Keith has served as a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Family Wealth, an adjunct professor of management at Vanderbilt University, an adjunct assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College, and a director of a private foundation. He was also a special assistant to the President of Boston University.

Steve Balch
Founder

Stephen H. Balch is the director of The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University. He previously served for twenty-five years as the founding president and then the chairman of the National Association of Scholars. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and was for fourteen years a member of the faculty of the Department of Government and Public Administration of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York. In 2007 he received the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award from the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Daniel Asia

Professor of Music, University of Arizona, whose compositions include five symphonies, an opera, and numerous other works.

Jay A. Bergman

Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University, whose research focuses on modern Russian history.

Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he chairs the National Security and Law Task Force.

Ward Connerly

Founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute, former President and CEO of Connerly & Associates, Inc., a land developing consulting firm, and a former Regent of the University of California.

George W. Dent, Jr.

Schott - van den Eynden Professor of Law Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University.

Bruce Gilley

Professor of Political Science, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and president of the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Scholars.

David Gordon

Professor of History, City University of New York, where he focuses on the economic history of France and French investments in East Asia.

Gail L. Heriot

Professor of Law, University of San Diego and member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Thomas Klingenstein

Founder and Principal of Cohen Klingenstein LLC, a New York City investment firm; Chairman of Claremont Institute; and playwright.

Wight Martindale

Former journalist and Wall Street businessman who worked at Lehman Brothers for 17 years as a Senior Vice President in the bond department and later as a managing director with Guggenheim Capital Markets. He has taught at Lehigh University, Temple University, and Villanova University.

B. Nelson Ong

Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the College of New Rochelle, where he researched the foundations of American constitutionalism.

Richard Vedder

Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus, Ohio University; founder, Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Bradley C.S. Watson

Department Chair, Philip M. McKenna Professor of Politics, and Co-Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA.

Amy L. Wax

Robert Mundheim Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania, and an expert in civil procedure, appellate litigation, social welfare law and policy, and the law and economics of work and family.

Former Chairmen of the Board of Directors

Herbert Ira London

Steve Balch

Current Board of Advisors

John Agresto
Robert P. George
Leslie Lenkowsky
Harvey C. Mansfield
Christina Hoff Sommers
Shelby Steele
Stephan Thernstrom
Virginia Thomas  

Past Members of the Board of Advisors

Paul Hollander
Jacques Barzun
James David Barber
Walter Berns
Edwin J. Delattre
Eugene D. Genovese
Gertrude Himmelfarb
Irving Louis Horowitz
Harry V. Jaffa
Robert Jastrow
Donald Kagan
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
Irving Kristol
Seymour Martin Lipset
Richard D. Lamm
Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones
Nelson W. Polsby
Willard V. Quine
Leo Raditsa
Milton J. Rosenberg
Stanley Rothman
John R. Silber
Ernest van den Haag
James Q. Wilson