Staff & Boards

The National Association of Scholars upholds the standards of a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual freedom, searches for the truth, and promotes virtuous citizenship.


Peter W. Wood

Peter Wood is the President of the National Association of Scholars. Dr. Wood is an anthropologist and former provost. He was appointed president of the NAS in January 2009. Before that, he served as NAS’s executive director (2007-2008), and as provost of The King’s College in New York City (2005-2007).

Dr. Wood was a tenured member of the Anthropology Department at Boston University, where he also held a variety of administrative positions, including associate provost and president’s chief of staff. He also oversaw the university’s scholarly publications and served as acting university librarian.

He received his Ph.D. in anthropology in 1987 from the University of Rochester. His dissertation, Quoting Heaven, examined the emergence of an American folk religion and pilgrimage center in rural Wisconsin. His undergraduate degree is from Haverford College (1975) and he has a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University (1977).

Dr. Wood is the author of 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project (Encounter Books, 2020), A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (Encounter Books, 2007), and of Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (Encounter Books, 2003) which won the Caldwell Award for Leadership in Higher Education from the John Locke Foundation. These books extend his anthropological interest in examining emergent themes in modern American culture.

In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Wood has published several hundred articles in print and online journals, such as Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, Partisan Review and National Review Online, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Christopher Kendall
Director of Development


Christopher Kendall joined NAS in 2017 as a Development Associate. He graduated from The King's College with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Prior to working at NAS, he spent time studying at New College in Oxford University, and served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Texas House of Representatives.

Petru Kokora
Controller/Human Resource Director


Petru Kokora joined the National Association of Scholars in June 2018. Before joining NAS he served as a Logistics Manager at Thomson Reuters, where he worked for 23 years, and a full-time pastor at Church of God of Ridgewood for 10 years. He was born in Uzdin, province of Vojvodina, Serbia. He is a happily married husband and a father of two daughters. Petru attended Technical College in Pančevo, Serbia,  and Lee University where he received a Master of Business Administration and studied Ministry Leadership.

Chance Layton
Communications Director


Chance D. Layton is the Director of Communications of the National Association of Scholars. Chance attended The King’s College in Manhattan, where he studied politics, philosophy, and economics.

Teresa R. Manning
Policy Director

Dear Colleague: The Weaponization of Title IX


Teresa R. Manning is the Policy Director of the National Association of Scholars. Teresa graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1993 after completing her first year of law school at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She also has an M.A. in Western European History from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.A. in Philosophy is from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Before joining the National Association of Scholars, Teresa served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Population Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services. 

David Randall
Research Director


David Randall is the Research Director of The National Association of Scholars. David earned a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University, an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University, a master’s degree in library science from the Palmer School at Long Island University, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Prior to working at NAS he was the sole librarian at the John McEnroe Library at New York Studio School.  He is the author of several NAS reports, including Beach Books (4 annual reports), The Disappearing Continent, Making Citizens, Charting Academic Freedom, The Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science (co-author), Social Justice Education in America, Disfigured History, Climbing Down (co-author), Skewed History (co-author), and Shifting Sands (co-author).

Glenn Ricketts
Public Affairs Director


Public Affairs Director Glenn Ricketts joined the NAS staff in 1989. He was the founding president of the NAS New Jersey state affiliate and served for 20 years on the NAS board of directors. A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He is also a professor of political science and U.S. history at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville New Jersey, where he has taught since 1982.

J. Scott Turner
Director of the Diversity in the Sciences Project


Dr. Turner is a physiologist best known for his work on evolution and ecology. He is retired from the faculty of SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, though still active in his research specialty, the study of termite colonies. His books include The Extended Organism:  The Physiology of Animal-Built Structures (Harvard University Press, 2002); The Tinkerer's Accomplice: How Design Emerges from Life Itself (Harvard University Press, 2010); and Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something "Alive" and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It (HarperOne, 2017). He has authored more than 100 scientific and popular articles.

Stanley Young
Director of the Shifting Sands Project


Dr. Young is currently the CEO of CGStat and previously worked at Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences on questions of applied statistics. He graduated from North Carolina State University, BS, MES and a Ph.D. in Statistics and Genetics. Dr. Young worked in the pharmaceutical industry on all phases of pre-clinical research. He has authored or co-authored over 70 papers including six “best paper” awards, and a highly cited book, Resampling-Based Multiple Testing. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an adjunct professor of statistics and biostatistics. Dr. Young is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Neetu Arnold
Research Fellow

Hijacked: The Capture of America's Middle East Studies Centers; Outsourced to Qatar: A Case Study of Northwestern University-QatarPriced Out: What College Costs America


Neetu graduated in 2018 from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Since graduating she has worked as a staff writer for The Daily Caller, where she wrote on education policy and campus culture. While she was still an undergraduate, Neetu was a New York Campus Correspondent for Campus Reform. She is the author of NAS's report, Priced Out: What College Costs America

Louis Galarowicz
Research Fellow

Louis Galarowicz joined NAS in 2024, previously working in political consulting and classical education. He received his B.A. in philosophy and history from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently completing a masters in theology at the Pontifical Institute of John Paul II in Washington, D.C.

Mason Goad
Research Fellow

Mason Goad is a Research Fellow at the National Association of Scholars. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor's in Strategic and Security Studies, and is currently a graduate student of International Security at George Mason University. His writings have appeared in various outlets including The Cipher Brief and the American Intelligence Journal.

Kali Jerrard
Communications Associate

Kali Jerrard is a 2022 graduate of Patrick Henry College, where she graduated with a degree in Economics and Business Analytics. Prior to joining NAS, she worked as a client strategy analyst for a prolific political consulting group in Washington, D.C. Kali resides in Sterling, Virginia and is an ardent lover of romantic era music, cooking, and English literature. 

Ian Oxnevad
Senior Fellow for Foreign Affairs and Security Studies 

After Confucius Institutes: China's Enduring Influence on American Higher Education


Ian holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California and holds a MA in National Security Studies along with degrees in Arabic and English. He has taught at multiple levels of higher education, and has specialties in issues of economic warfare, counterterrorism, and Middle East politics. He is widely published in these subjects and has consulted for the private sector on these issues. In his spare time, he is an equestrian and is pursuing a second doctorate in theology. 

John Sailer
Senior Fellow and Director of University Policy 


John Sailer is Senior Fellow and Director of University Policy at the National Association of Scholars. He graduated from The King’s College with a bachelor's in politics, philosophy, and economics, and from Columbia University Teachers College with a master's in philosophy and education. Prior to joining the team at NAS, John worked as a teacher.

Nathaniel Urban
Development Associate 


Nathaniel Urban is a 2018 graduate of the Ashbrook Scholar Program at Ashland University. Prior to joining NAS, Nathaniel managed the What Will They Learn?® project at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, an annual assessment of the general education programs at over 1,100 colleges and universities. He lives in his hometown outside Cleveland, Ohio, and is an avid photographer and Tolkien aficionado.

Jared Gould
Managing Editor, Minding the Campus 


Jared Gould is a Managing Editor of Minding the Campus. He also assumes roles as a Research Fellow at Speech First and a consulting role at the Faith & Politics Institute (FPI). Prior to joining NAS, Jared served as Senior Editor of Campus Reform and, before that, as Executive Assistant and Policy Analyst at Bryant Songy Snell (BSS) in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where he worked with former Governor Phil Bryant. Prior to BSS, Jared interned at the Office of Governor Phil Bryant, focusing on education and workforce development, and was a staff member of Mississippi’s State Workforce Investment Board, researching education and employment.

Carol Iannone
Editor-at-Large, Academic Questions


Seth Forman
Managing Editor, Academic Questions


A Ph.D. in American history with a Master of Public Administration degree, Seth Forman has taught history, political science, and public policy at Stony Brook University, Nassau County Community College, Long Island University, SUNY Farmingdale, and Suffolk County Community College since 1993. A long-time regional planner on Long Island, Dr. Forman’s most recent book, American Obsession: Race and Conflict in the Age of Obama (2011), has been called “A terrific, comprehensive telling of Obama’s rise to power,” by Abigail Thernstrom, the Vice-Chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Earlier books include Blacks in the Jewish Mind: A Crisis of Liberalism (NYU Press 1998) and The Fire Island National Seashore: A History 1964-2004 (SUNY Press 2008).

Board of Directors

Keith Whitaker

Keith is President of Wise Counsel Research. He has consulted for many years with leaders of enterprising families, helping them plan succession, develop next-generation talent, and communicate around estate planning. Family Wealth Report named Keith the 2015 "outstanding contributor to wealth management thought-leadership."

Keith has served as a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Family Wealth, an adjunct professor of management at Vanderbilt University, an adjunct assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College, and a director of a private foundation. He was also a special assistant to the President of Boston University.

Steve Balch

Stephen H. Balch is the director of The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University. He previously served for twenty-five years as the founding president and then the chairman of the National Association of Scholars. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and was for fourteen years a member of the faculty of the Department of Government and Public Administration of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York. In 2007 he received the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award from the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Daniel Asia

Professor of Music, University of Arizona, whose compositions include five symphonies, an opera, and numerous other works.

Jay A. Bergman

Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University, whose research focuses on modern Russian history.

Peter Berkowitz

Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he chairs the National Security and Law Task Force.

Ward Connerly

Founder and President of the American Civil Rights Institute, former President and CEO of Connerly & Associates, Inc., a land developing consulting firm, and a former Regent of the University of California.

George W. Dent, Jr.

Schott - van den Eynden Professor of Law Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University.

David Gordon

Professor of History, City University of New York, where he focuses on the economic history of France and French investments in East Asia.

Gail L. Heriot

Professor of Law, University of San Diego and member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Joshua Katz 

Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously taught at Princeton where he was Cotsen Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics, and a faculty associate of the James Madison Program.

Adam Kissel

Visiting Fellow in Higher Education Reform at the Heritage Foundation and Senior Fellow at the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy. Adam previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education, and he has held senior roles at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression and the Philanthropy Roundtable.

Thomas Klingenstein

Founder and Principal of Cohen Klingenstein LLC, a New York City investment firm; Chairman of Claremont Institute; and playwright.

Wight Martindale

Former journalist and Wall Street businessman who worked at Lehman Brothers for 17 years as a Senior Vice President in the bond department and later as a managing director with Guggenheim Capital Markets. He has taught at Lehigh University, Temple University, and Villanova University.

Alexander Riley

Professor of Sociology at Bucknell University and Senior Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. In 2013-14, he received a Fulbright Scholar Award from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the Franco-American Commission to do archival research in France related to the biographies and work of a group of 20th-century French intellectuals including Michel Leiris and Roger Caillois.

Richard Vedder

Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus, Ohio University; founder, Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Bradley C.S. Watson

Department Chair, Philip M. McKenna Professor of Politics, and Co-Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA.

Amy L. Wax

Robert Mundheim Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania, and an expert in civil procedure, appellate litigation, social welfare law and policy, and the law and economics of work and family.

Elizabeth Weiss

Professor of Anthropology at San Jose State University. 

Former Chairmen of the Board of Directors

Herbert Ira London

Steve Balch

Current Board of Advisors

John Agresto
Robert P. George
Roger Kimball
Leslie Lenkowsky
Harvey C. Mansfield
Christina Hoff Sommers
Shelby Steele
Stephan Thernstrom
Virginia Thomas  

Past Members of the Board of Advisors

Paul Hollander
Jacques Barzun
James David Barber
Walter Berns
Edwin J. Delattre
Eugene D. Genovese
Gertrude Himmelfarb
Irving Louis Horowitz
Harry V. Jaffa
Robert Jastrow
Donald Kagan
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
Irving Kristol
Seymour Martin Lipset
Richard D. Lamm
Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones
Nelson W. Polsby
Willard V. Quine
Leo Raditsa
Milton J. Rosenberg
Stanley Rothman
John R. Silber
Ernest van den Haag
James Q. Wilson