Dr. James W. Fraser
Professor of History and Education, NYU

James W. Fraser is a professor of History and Education, and Chair of the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.  He was the Senior Vice President for Programs at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey from 2008 to 2012 and the founding dean of Northeastern University’s School of Education, serving from 1999 to 2004.


His teaching includes a survey course in American history and courses in Global Culture Wars, Religion and Education in a Global Context, Introduction to Education, and the History of American Education.  He was a lecturer in the Program in Religion and Secondary Education at the Harvard University Divinity School from 1997 to 2004.  He has also taught at Lesley University, University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston University, and Public School 76 Manhattan.  Fraser is a historian of education.  His colleagues in the History of Education Society elected him as the society’s president for 2013-2014.


Author or editor of twelve books, Fraser wrote By the People:  A History of the United States (Pearson, 2015) a textbook specifically focused in the AP in U.S. History program.  A revised second edition of his Between Church and State:  Religion and Public Education in a Multicultural America was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in the summer of 2016. Fraser and Lauren Lefty are co-authors of Teaching Teachers:  Changing Paths and Enduring Debates, an examination of the recent contentious history of teacher education in the United States (forthcoming, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018). His current research interests include the place of religion in K-12 schools around the globe, the recent—and fast changing—history of the ways teachers are taught in the United States and globally, and the ongoing discussions about the teaching of U.S. History in middle and high schools in the United States.


Fraser is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and was the pastor at Grace Church in East Boston, Massachusetts from 1986 to 2006.  He has four grown children and six grandchildren.  He lives in New York City with his wife, Katherine Hanson, and their dog, Pebble.