Nancy Cantor

Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society (co-editor with Earl Lewis)

Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor co-edited this essay collection, the first in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Our Compelling Interests series (Princeton University Press, August 2016).  She also contributed an essay.

The various writers present a broad-ranging look at the value of diversity to democracy and civil society, and explore the paradoxes of diversity and inequality in the decades since America’s civil rights legislation of the 1960s.  The book also examines the demographics of the American labor force and its implications for college enrollment, graduation, the ability to secure a job, business outcomes, and the economy.

In addition to Cantor, contributing writers include Danielle Allen, Anthony Carnevale, William Frey, Earl Lewis, Nicole Smith, Thomas Sugrue, and Marta Tienda.