Abigail Thernstrom is an American scholar and author. A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York, and the vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, she serves on the board of advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. She is a recipient of the prestigious 2007 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement.
Thernstrom and her husband are the co-authors of “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning” (Simon & Schuster, October 2003), which was named by both the “Los Angeles Times” and the “American School Board Journal” as one of the best books of 2003. They also collaborated on “America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible”.
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