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"The Amherst College Board of Trustees has named Anthony (Tony) W. Marx the 18th president of Amherst College. His appointment, announced at noon today during an all-college meeting at Johnson Chapel, is effective July 1, 2003.

"Currently professor and director of undergraduate studies of political science at Columbia University in New York, Marx is a respected teacher and an internationally recognized scholar who has written three books on nation building, particularly in South Africa, but also in the U.S., Brazil and Europe. He also has established and managed programs designed to strengthen secondary school education in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to his faculty post at Columbia, he currently serves as director of the Gates Foundation-funded Early College/High School Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which establishes model public high schools as partnerships between school systems and universities; and he is founder of the Columbia Urban Educators Program, a public school teacher recruitment and training partnership. He also was founder of Khanya College, a South African secondary school that helped prepare more than 1,000 black students for university.

"Marx succeeds Tom Gerety, who announced last May that he would step down on June 30, 2003, after nine years as Amhers president...

"A member of the Columbia faculty since 1990, he is the author of a dozen substantive articles and three books, Lessons of Struggle: South African Internal Opposition, 1960-1990 (Oxford University Press, 1992), Making Race and Nation: A Comparison of the United States, South Africa and Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Faith in Nation: Bound by Hatred (forthcoming later this month from Oxford University Press). Making Race and Nation received the American Political Science Association's 1999 Ralph J. Bunche Award (co-winner for the best book on ethnic and cultural pluralism) and the American Sociological Association's 2000 Barrington Moore Prize (for the best book of the preceding three years in comparative-historical sociology.

"Marx is co-director (with wife Karen Barkey, a professor of history and sociology) of Columbia's Center for Historical Science. In 2001-02 he was faculty director of Columbia's Masters in International Affairs program. In that same year he helped establish the Columbia Urban Educators Program, which provides funds that allow recent Columbia graduates to earn a tuition-free M.A. degree while teaching in the New York City public schools.

"Before joining the faculty at Columbia, Marx worked in a variety of administrative posts, primarily in organizations connected to education. After graduating from Yale with a B.A. degree in 1981, he worked for more than two years as an aide to Sheldon Hackney, president of the University of Pennsylvania.

"In 1984 and 1986, Marx lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he helped found Khanya College for the South African Committee for Higher Education (SACHED) Trust. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme in South Africa, and also was a consultant to the Southern Education Foundation's Comparative Race Relations Initiative, which compared educational opportunities in the U.S., Africa and Brazil.

"Marx received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997 (the youngest member of the Columbia political science faculty to be so honored). He also has received fellowships from the United States Institute of Peace, the National Humanities Center, the Howard Foundation and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

"Marx attended Wesleyan and Yale, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in 1981. He received his M.P.A. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1986, then earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton in 1987 and 1990.

"Marx is married to Karen Barkey, professor of history and sociology and director of undergraduate studies in sociology and historical sociology at Columbia. A popular teacher and prominent scholar, she is the author of Bandits and Bureaucrats: The Ottoman Route to State Centralization and co-editor (with Mark von Hagen) of After Empire: Multiethnic Societies and Nation-Building, the Soviet Union and the Russian, Ottoman, and Habsburg Empires. Barkey holds a B.A. degree from Bryn Mawr, and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago." [1]

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  1. Board of Trustees Appoints Anthony W. Marx 18th President of Amherst College, Amherst College, accessed November 12, 2007.
  2. Board, African Leadership Foundation, accessed November 18, 2010.
  3. Governors and ADvisors, African Leadership Academy, accessed November 27, 2011.