Senior Fellows

Elizabeth Hollander

Liz joined Tisch College as a senior fellow after nine years at the head of Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. During that time, she doubled the organization’s membership to more than 1,000 institutions of higher learning.

Prior to joining Campus Compact in 1997, Hollander was executive director of the Monsignor John J. Egan Urban Center at DePaul University, which works with the University to address critical urban problems, alleviate poverty and promote social justice in the metropolitan community through teaching, service, and scholarship. She also served as president of the Government Assistance Program in Illinois and director of planning for the city of Chicago under Mayor Harold Washington.

As a Tisch College senior fellow, Hollander is an active ambassador for Tisch College in national higher education civic engagement networks.

John Schneider

John Schneider serves as and adjunct senior lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences history department. An expert in issues of social history in the United States, Schneider is the author of numerous publications including Detroit and the Problem of Order, 1830-1880: A Geography of Crime, Riot, and Policing (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1980) and Homeless Men and Housing Policy in Urban America, 1850-1920, Urban Studies, 26 (February 1989), 90-99.

As a Tisch College senior fellow, John Schneider edits the civil society book series.  Themes of engaged citizenship are of compelling interest in the U.S. and worldwide, as citizen activism and democratization encounter broad political realignment, religious fundamentalism, economic development, environmental change and other forces.  Civil Society seeks to enhance and enliven the discussion through studies that range across time, cultures, and disciplines.

Jonathan Zaff

Jonathan Zaff is Director of the Center for Promise, based at Tufts University and the research center for America’s Promise Alliance. He is also a research associate professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University and the Vice President of Research & Policy Development for America’s Promise Alliance . His research focuses primarily on studying how youth navigate through and are influenced by their communities, resulting in productive youth development (academic attainment, vocational achievement, and civic engagement). Dr. Zaff received his Ph.D. in lifespan developmental psychology from the University of Georgia.

As a Tisch senior fellow, Dr. Zaff examines how and why non-college-bound and college-bound youth engage in civic life.