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Professor Charles Harrington is Professor Emeritus in the Program of Anthropology at Teachers College, Columbia University. In his distinguished career, he has published work on critical topics such as career success, mentoring, multicultural education, desegregation, political socialization, psychological anthropology, teacher education and much more. Among his noteworthy books are /Paths to Success: Beating the Odds in American Society,/ published by Harvard University Press in 1997; several volumes in the /Readings on Equal Education/ series, which he co-edited in the 1980s; /Psychological Anthropology and Education/, published in 1979; /Cross-Cultural Approaches to Learning/, released in 1972; as well as /The Learning of Political Behavior/, with Norman Adler, and /Errors in Sex Role Behavior/, both from 1970. Throughout decades of political turmoil and social change, Professor Harrington's research has consistently addressed the pressing issues of race, class, gender, nationality, and language in education in our society.
Having earned his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Harvard's Department of Social Relations, where he worked with John Whiting, Professor Harrington joined the faculty at Teachers College in 1967. With Professor Comitas, he participated in the early development of TC's Anthropology program, and has played many important leadership roles during his time at the college. He was Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (1983-1989), and chaired the Department of Mathematics, Sciences, and Technology (1996-2000) and the Department of Organization and Leadership (2000-2003). He also led the National Origin Desegregation Assistance Center (1976-1981), and the Bilingual Multicultural Preschool Curriculum Development Project (1976-1979). Professor Harrington acted as principal investigator for grants from prestigious institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the US Department of Education. Additionally, he was editor of /Anthropology and Education Quarterly/ for six years, and served as President of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology for almost two decades.