ST&S 2012: Panelist Bios

Paul Tough
Keynote Speaker

Paul Tough is the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America.  A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, he is also a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group's Early Childhood Interventions Network and a nationally-renowned speaker on education, poverty, and politics.

Mr. Tough has written extensively about education, child development, povery, and urban policy, including cover stories in the New York Times Magazine on character education, the achievement gap, and the Obama administration’s poverty policies. He has worked as an editor at the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public-radio program “This American Life.” He was the founding editor of Open Letters, an online magazine. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Slate, GQ, Esquire, and Geist, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times.  More >>

Josh Anderson

The Executive Director of Teach for America Chicago, Josh Anderson grew up in Chicago and went to college at Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  Josh joined Teach For America in 2004 as a New York City corps member. He taught middle school English and social studies in the Hunts Point community of the southeast Bronx, and served as school team leader for a 15-member Teach For America cohort at his school. Josh joined Teach For America's staff as a recruitment director for the midwest recruitment team in 2006 and was appointed executive director of Teach For America - Chicago in February, 2007. During his tenure, the region has grown its corps from 120 to 500, its alumni teacher base from 100 to 850, and its number of alumni principals from 8 to 60.

Jonathan Guryan

Jonathan Guryan is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and of Economics, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and a courtesy member of the Economics Department and the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Much of his research falls into two main categories, understanding the sources and consequences of racial inequality and the economics of education. His work on these subjects has been published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, and theReview of Economics and Statistics.  Guryan and Jens Ludwig of the University of Chicago are examining the underlying problems that cause youth to become involved with delinquency and violence.  Using a randomized control trial at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, in which Cognitive Behavior Therapy is the treatment condition, Guryan is investigating whether deficits in noncognitive skills—such as self-regulation, impulse control, social information processing and moral reasoning—might account for involvement with and relapses into delinquency. More >>

Ariel Kalil

Ariel Kalil is a Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, in the Department of Business Administration. She is a developmental psychologist who studies how economic conditions and parents’ socioeconomic status affect child development and parental behavior. Her recent projects have examined the relationship between parental education and time with children, the effects of the Great Recession on parental behavior and child development, and the association between income inequality and children’s educational attainment. Kalil received her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan. More >>

Diana Rauner

Diana Mendley Rauner is President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public-private partnership serving at-risk children and their families from before birth to age five. As President, Ms. Rauner oversees the overall strategic direction of the Ounce, defining and leading the work in four key areas: programs and training, policy and advocacy, research, and communications. Ms. Rauner conceives strategies and drives new initiatives to position the issue of early childhood education into the national conscience. More >>

The Ounce advocates for programs and policies that benefit young children and families; provides training to early childhood professionals in Illinois; and engages in rigorous research and evaluation projects that contribute to best practices throughout the early childhood field.