Jonathan F. Fanton is President Emeritus of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (More information about Jonathan Fanton’s activity as President of the American Academy is available on the website of the American Academy.)

He served as Interim Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College from 2009 to 2014. He previously was President of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 1999 to 2009 and for 17 years was President of The New School for Social Research. Earlier, he was Vice President of Planning at The University of Chicago. Dr. Fanton holds a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University, where he taught and was Special Assistant to President Kingman Brewster.

He is the author of Foundations and Civil Society, volumes I and II (2008), and The University and Civil Society, volumes I and II (1995, 2002).

As President of the American Academy, Dr. Fanton provided strategic direction for one of the nation’s oldest honorary societies and independent policy research centers. Founded in 1780, the Academy convenes leaders from academia, business, and government to address present and future challenges for the nation and the world.

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