Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Wed 06 Aug - Wed 13 Aug, 2003
(Session 412)

Jonathan Fanton Jonathan Fanton (Faculty)

Country/Region: United States of America

Hunter College

Chairman of the Board, Human Rights Watch, New York; President, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago

Jonathan F. Fanton is president of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which makes grants in the United States and abroad with an emphasis on human and community development, education, the environment, population issues, international security, human rights, creativity, and media. Dr. Fanton is chair of the board of Human Rights Watch, the largest US-based human rights organization, and co-chair of the International Committee for Academic Freedom. He began his career at Yale University where he taught American history, served as special assistant to University President Kingman Brewster, and was associate provost. From 1978 to 1982, Dr. Fanton was vice president for planning at the University of Chicago, where he also taught American history. From 1982 to 1999, he served as president of the New School for Social Research, where he led the integration and enhancement of the seven divisions of the university, expansion of the Greenwich Village campus, and several development campaigns. Dr. Fanton received a Ph.D. in American history from Yale University.