Park School Resident Scholars

Park School Resident Scholars

In a program that spans more than 30 years, the Parents' Association sponsors Resident Scholars to give a presentation to the Upper School student body and meet with classes throughout the day.

The 2016–2017 Resident Scholar:

Dr. Cathy O’Neil

Dr. O’Neil is the author of the New York Times bestselling Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award. She earned a Ph.D. in math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quantitative analyst for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and then for RiskMetrics. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks. Dr. O’Neil wrote Doing Data Science in 2013, and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia University in 2014. She is a columnist for the Bloomberg View.

Past Resident Scholars

2015-2016

Dr. Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart is a neuropsychopharamacologist at Columbia University, where he conducts research and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in neuroscience, psychology, and pharmacology. A key focus of his research is to study the complex interactions between recreational drugs and the neurobiological and environmental factors that mediate human behavior and physiology. As a scientist, activist, and educator, Dr. Hart works with community groups and government officials to bring about more effective drug policies and treatments.


2014–2015

Matthew B. Crawford

Matthew B. Crawford is an American writer and research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. The author of Shop Class as Soulcraft, the New York Times Bestseller, Matthew is now a contributing editor at The New Atlantis - A Journal of Science and Technology. He is also a motorcycle mechanic. 


2013–2014

Cathy A. Small

Cathy A. Small, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, will talk about the often unconscious ways that culture shapes us and the breakthroughs in insight and perception that can happen in recognizing cultural assumptions.


2012–2013 — Centennial Scholar

Dr. David Perkins

Dr. Perkins, Senior Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is a "teacher of teachers" and is widely known for his work as co-founder of Project Zero. Perkins devoted one day of his three-day residency to each of the divisions — Lower, Middle, and Upper School.


2011–2012

Manil Suri

Professor of mathematics at UMBC and author (The Death of Vishnu — a novel long-listed for the 2001 Booker Prize and short-listed for the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award — about social and religious tensions in India, The Age of Shiva, and "The Seven Circles."


2010–2011

Malcolm Daniel '74

Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


2009–2010

Madison Smartt Bell

Award-winning novelist, biographer, essayist, songwriter, and professor of English at Goucher College. He has written extensively, both fact and fiction, about the history of Haiti.


2007–2008

Dr. Ruth Faden

The Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Dr. Faden is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on biomedical ethics and health policy. Research interests include bioethics and public policy; ethics and cellular engineering; ethics and neuroscience; ethics and bioterrorism; ethics, genetics and public policy; and research ethics; and justice.


2006–2007

Dr. Mario Livio

Adjunct professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the Johns Hopkins University and an astronomer at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. His research interests include theoretical astrophysics, accretion into black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs, supernova explosions, binary star evolution, and planetary nebula.


2005–2006

Josiah Bunting III

Author of The Lionheads, Ulysses S. Grant, an Education for Our Time, and All Loves Excelling, Vietnam veteran, scholar and Oxford graduate, who was president of Briarcliff and Hampden-Sydney colleges, superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, and is now president of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.


2004–2005

Leon Fleisher

Pianist, conductor, and Andrew W. Mellon Chair in Piano at the Peabody Institute.


2003–2004

Taylor Branch

Pulitzer prize winning author of Parting the Waters (America's Civil Rights Movement: Lasting Accomplishments and Unfinished Business).


2002–2003

Lucille Clifton

Former Poet Laureate of Maryland, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Distinguished Professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland.


2001–2002

Susan Hadary

Documentary Filmmaker and Academy Award Winner in the Category of Documentary Short Subjects for King Gimp. Presentation: "The Voice of Documentary."


2000–2001

Dr. Eva T. H. Brann

Tutor-St. John's College, Annapolis, MD. Presentation: Ursala Le Guin's story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."


1999–2000

The Honorable Antonin Scalia

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States. Presentation: "On Interpreting the Constitution."


1998–1999

Clyde Butcher

Distinguished nature photographer and teacher.


1997–1998

Dr. Robert Gallo

Professor and Director, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland.


1996–1997

Dr. Bill Puka

Professor of Philosophy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


1995–1996

Dr. Leon Botstein

President of Bard College. Presentation: "The Future of the American High School."


1994–1995

Dr. Bert Vogelstein

Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Presentation: "Nature, Knowledge, and Neoplasia."


1993–1994

Dr. Richard Rubenstein

Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Presentation: "Conflict and Change in the Middle East: A Conflict Resolution Perspective."


1992–1993

Resident Scholars Symposium

"Reconstructing the Curriculum" Dr. Sara Coulter, Professor of English, Coordinator of Curriculum Integration, Towson State University Dr. Paul Lauter, Professor of Literature, Trinity College, General Editor. Dr. Rhonda Williams, Assistant Professor, Economics, Afro-American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park.


1991–1992

Dr. Michael M. Shara

Deputy Chief, Science Computing and Research Support, Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. Presentation: "Frontier Problems in Astronomy."


1990–1991

Dr. Arnold S. Relman

Physician, educator, and editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. Presentation: "Medical Professional Ethics in a Commercialized Society."


1989–1990

Daniel Zwerdling

National Public Radio correspondent. Presentation: "The Secrets, Sins, and Successes of the American Media: An Insider's Perspective."


1988–1989

Maestro David Zinman

Music Director, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Presentation: "The Art of Listening."


1987–1988

Dr. Elizabeth Minnich

Professor of Philosophy, Union of Experimenting Colleges and Universities. Presentation: "Being Good and Acting Well: A Philosopher Looks at the Conflicts Between Private Morality and Public Effectiveness."


1986–1987

Dr. Alan Walker

Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Discipline: Anthropology. Presentation: "New Discoveries Related to Human Evolution."


1985–1986

Dr. Nancy Weiss, '61

Professor of History, Princeton University Presentation: "Turning Lincoln's Picture to the Wall: The Shift of Blacks to the Democratic Party 1928-1940."


1984–1985

Donald Ross

Consultant dedicated to causes of environmental matters, civil liberties, and consumer protection. Presentation: "Do You Count?: The Effect of Grassroots Participation on the Socio-Political Outcome."


1983–1984

Dr. Penelope Eckert

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan. Presentation: "Adolescent Social Categories: The Development of Workers and Managers in a Suburban High School."


1982–1983

Michael Tilson Thomas

Conductor, lecturer, recording artist.


1981–1982

Professor Ian McHarg

Chairman, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania. Author of Design with Nature. Presentation: "Human Ecological Planning."


1979–1980

Dr. Lawrence Wylie

C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France, Harvard University. Presentation: "What is Body Language? A Discussion of Cultural Problems in Non-Verbal Communication."


1978–1979

Zelda Fichandler

Producing Director of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Presentation: "The Stage-A Special Place."