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Stephan Thernstrom


Stephan Thernstrom is the Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard University and a Manhattan Institute senior fellow.

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Recent Commentary

MIND THE GAP: The Racial Gap in Education

with Bernard Gifford, Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstromvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 3, 2004

More than fifty years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, there is still an unacceptable gap between the academic achievements of white and black students in America. In fact, by some standards, black students today perform more poorly than they did fifteen years ago. Why? What role does culture play? Does culture explain the disparate performance of Hispanic and Asian students? And just how should we go about trying to close this gap? Peter Robinson speaks with Bernard Gifford, Abigail Thernststrom, and Stephan Thernstrom.

The Myth of the Minority Majority

by Stephan Thernstromvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

How race-conscious policies have failed. By Stephan Thernstrom.

Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America

Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America

by Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstromvia Hoover Institution Press
Saturday, January 5, 2002

Twenty-five essays covering a range of areas from religion and immigration to family structure and crime examine America's changing racial and ethnic scene. They clearly show that old civil rights strategies will not solve today's problems and offer a bold new civil rights agenda based on today's realities.


with Clayborne Carson, Stephan Thernstromvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, October 21, 1997

Clayborne Carson, director, Martin Luther King Papers Project, Stanford University, and Stephan Thernstrom, co-author, America in Black and White: One Nation Indivisible, sharply disagree on affirmative action and offer radically differing views on one of the most divisive issues in American society.