Demographics

Current Projects
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Participants in the "Tort Law and the Public Interest" Assembly found that tort adjudication can be unpredictable, protracted, and costly with uneven compensation. They supported voluntary alternatives to tort litigation, including mediation and arbitration but were sharply divided over caps o...
Past Projects
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The first of several influential urban policy Assemblies, this 1993 American Assembly highlighted American cities' increased reliance on the information and service economies and stressed the value of  human capital along with investment in education and basic health care. ...
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This 1972 Assembly examined challenges and new approaches to the criminal justice system in America.  The resulting report focused on the need to address the wider social and economic inequalities that contribute to crime, the divisiveness of racial and ethnic conflict in America, and the ...
Publications
This 1972 Assembly examined challenges and new approaches to the criminal justice system in America.  The resulting report focused on the need to address the wider social and economic inequalities that contribute to crime, the divisiveness of racial and ethnic conflict in America, and the ...
This 1995 book came in the wake of tragic developments in Bosnia, Haiti, and Rwanda, revealing just how urgent these issues are--as experts in the field show in these timely and thought-provoking essays. The influx of refugees, asylum seekers, and other international migrants is increasing...
This report from a 1994 Assembly was written in the wake of disturbing international emergencies in Bosnia, Haiti, Rwanda, and other nations.  The report advocated identifying instruments of U.S. foreign policy that can reduce unwanted migration, with promotion of human rights and achievemen...
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Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah is Professor of Practice and founding Executive Director of The Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University.  She served as Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House from 2009 to 2011, where she coordinated government efforts to aid innovative nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. An American Assembly Next Generation Fellow in 2009, Shah managed and implemented two of Google.org's global development initiatives and served on President Obama's Transition Board.