Andrew Delbanco is Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University. Professor Delbanco was elected to the Board of Directors of The Teagle Foundation in 2009. His books include College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be (Princeton University Press, 2012), and Melville: His World and Work (Knopf, 2005), which won the Lionel Trilling Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in biography. Professor Delbanco publishes frequently on American literature, history, and education in The New York Review of Books and other journals. He has won accolades for his teaching, notably the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, a trustee of the Library of America, former trustee of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and trustee emeritus of the National Humanities Center. Professor Delbanco earned his A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. In 2001, he was named by Time Magazine as “America's Best Social Critic,” and in 2011, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.