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Nicholas Lemann

Columbia Global Reports, Joseph Pulitzer Ii and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism
Dean Emeritus
Columbia Journalism School

Nicholas Lemann has contributed to newspapers such as the Washington Monthly, the Washington Post, and worked at The New Yorker, as staff writer and then Washington correspondent. In Sep- tember 2003, he became dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. During Lemann’s time as dean, the Journalism School started its first new professional degree program since the 1930s. He stepped down as dean in 2013, following two five-year terms. Now Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus, he also directs Columbia Global Reports and Columbia World Projects. Lemann con- tinues to contribute to The New Yorker as a staff writer. He has published five books, including “The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy” (1999), which helped lead to a major reform of the SAT; and “How It Changed America” (1991), which won several book prizes. He has written widely for such publications as The New York Times and The New York Review of Books; worked in documentary television with Blackside, Inc., “FRONTLINE,” the Discovery Channel, and the BBC. Lemann currently serves on the boards of the Authors Guild, the Knight First Amendment Institute, the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, and the Russell Sage Foundation. He is a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.