Ellen Condliffe Lagemann was the Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education at Harvard University before joining the Bard faculty. A historian of education, Lagemann is a former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a former president of the Spencer Foundation, in Chicago, Illinois. She is the author or editor of many books, articles, reviews, and reports. Lagemann has been president of the National Academy of Education and of the History of Education Society. She is a former trustee of the Russell Sage, Greenwall, and Markle Foundations, and a former vice chair of the board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences at Stanford University. She is also a former president of the board of Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts, and, from 2005 to 2011, she chaired the National Research Council's Committee on Teacher Preparation. She currently sits on the board of FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, and is president of the board of the Hawthorne Valley Farm Association, in Columbia County, New York.