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Charles Rutheiser is a Senior Associate in the Center for Community and Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. A former faculty member at Bryn Mawr College, Georgia State University, Johns Hopkins University and Western Michigan University, he earned a PhD in cultural anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in anthropology from New College of Florida. Charles is the author of The Opportunity Makers: The First Half-Century of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (2016, Blurb), Imagineering Atlanta: the politics of place in the city of dreams (1996, Verso) and numerous articles, book chapters and reports on education and urban development in the United States and the Caribbean. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Christina and their two dogs, Betty and Mabel.

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