James Fraser

Current Position: Professor of History and Education and Founding Dean of the School of Education, Northeastern University

Brief Bio: James W. Fraser is Professor of History and Education and Founding Dean of the School of Education. Prior to his appointment as founding Dean, Fraser was the Director of the Center for Innovation in Urban Education at Northeastern from 1993-1999. Fraser was also Professor of Education and Dean of the Division of Educational Studies & Public Policy at Lesley College. In 1987-88 he served as Special Assistant to the Massachusetts Chancellor of Higher Education. His previous teaching includes the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston University, and Public School 76 Manhattan where he taught fourth grade. Fraser is one of Mayor Thomas Menino's representatives on the Boston School Committee Nominating Panel. He serves on the Board of Directors for several educational organizations and has been co-chair of the Boston School Committee's Task Force on Student Assignment. In addition to his efforts in education, Fraser is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and pastor of Grace Church in East Boston a United Church of Christ and Episcopal federated congregation. Professor Fraser holds a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University (1975) and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, New York (1970). Fraser has published numerous books and articles in the history of education and related educational policy issues.

Sample Publications:
  • Fraser, James. A History of Hope. Palgrave/St. Martinís Press, 2002
  • Fraser, James. Between Church and State: Religion and Public Education in a Multicultural America. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999
  • Fraser, James. Reading, Writing, and Justice: School Reform As If Democracy Matters. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1997