Alan Curtis (author)

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Alan Curtis
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Lynn Alan Curtis

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
OccupationAdvisor, author, social scientist, speaker
Known forFounding president and CEO of Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation
Spouse(s)Ying Wang (m. 1995)
ChildrenMiranda Curtis

Alan Curtis, also known as Lynn Alan Curtis, is an American social scientist, public policy advisor, author and speaker who is the founding president and CEO of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation. The foundation was founded In 1981 the private sector continuation of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders and the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Curtis graduated from Pulaski High School in Milwaukee, then attended Harvard University, where he received a bachelor's degree. Curtis went to the University of London for a Masters of Economics, and later received a Ph.D. in Criminology and Urban Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.[3]


While completing his Ph.D., Curtis was appointed as an assistant Crimes of Violence task force director on President Lyndon B. Johnson's National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence.[4] During the Administration of President Jimmy Carter, Curtis was executive director of the President's Urban and Regional Policy Group,[5] urban policy advisor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development,[6] and director of the Urban Initiatives Anti-Crime Program in public housing.[7] After leaving public office in 1981, Curtis was named founding president and CEO of the Eisenhower Foundation which identifies, funds, evaluates and builds evidence-based programs for disadvantaged American youth and families.[8]

During the 1990s, Curtis worked to bring American police chiefs to Japan to observe Japanese system of police neighborhood mini stations.[9][10] He has also helped with the development and creation of the organization's Youth Safe Haven model.[11]

Curtis has also developed the Eisenhower Foundation Quantum Opportunities Program model adapted from an earlier Quantum Opportunities Program.[12] The program is aimed at high school students and offers tutoring, mentoring, life skills training and modest financial support.[13] It is designed to generate positive educational outcomes and decrease delinquent behavior including drug and substance abuse, gang activity and teen pregnancy. Participants in the evaluation of the program showed significantly higher grades, graduation rates, college admission rates and college retention rates than individuals in the control group.[14][15][16]

Curtis has authored or coauthored 25, 30, 40, and 50-year updates of the Kerner Commission and 15 and 30-year updates of the National Violence Commission.[17][18][19] The 50 year update of the Kerner commission is titled Healing Our Divided Society and proposes evidence-based policies on employment, education, housing, neighborhood development and criminal justice.[20]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Criminal Violence: National Patterns and Behaviors. Lexington, VA: D.C. Health and Company: Lexington Books. 1974. ISBN 0669960241.
  • Violence, Race and Culture. Lexington, VA: D.C. Health and Company: Lexington Books. 1975. ISBN 0669960322.
  • American Violence and Public Policy: An Update of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 1985.
  • Investing in Children and Youth, Reconstructing Our Cities: A Twenty Five Year Update of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Washington, DC: The Eisenhower Foundation. 1993.
  • The Millennium Breach: Richer Poorer and Racially Apart. Washington, DC: The Eisenhower Foundation. 1998.
  • Locked in The Poorhouse: Cities, Race and Poverty in the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 1998. ISBN 0742509044.
  • Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense: Restoring America's Promise At Home and Abroad. Rowman and Littlefield Publisher. 2004. ISBN 0742542173.
  • Healing Our Divided Society. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. 2018. ISBN 978-1439916032.


  1. ^ Toner, Robin (July 14, 1985). "Can Crime be Curbed? The Ideas of 3 Experts". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (December 6, 1999). "U.S. Crime Study Sees a Society in Trouble". The Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "Grant Will Help Students Make Their Way to College". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 10 November 2010. Archived from the original on November 23, 2010.
  4. ^ "Interview: Lynn Curtis, President, Eisenhower Foundation". Drug Reform Coordination Network. 10 December 1999.
  5. ^ Consensus and Compromise: Creating the First National Urban Policy Under President Carter. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. 2006. p. ix.
  6. ^ Violent Crime Against the Elderly: a Briefing. Issues 95-146 of Serial, 95th Congress, United States Congress. United States Congress House Select Committee on Aging. 1978. p. 22.
  7. ^ "Anticrime Program Will Be Broad in Scope". Developments in Criminal Justice Monthly. National League of Cities: 1. 9 July 1979.
  8. ^ "School Safe Haven Program Offer Students Enrichment". The Toledo Blade. 24 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Turning Around Lost Youth in Ravaged Areas". The Baltimore Sun. 23 February 1998.
  10. ^ "D.C. Police Import Japanese Method". The Washington Post. 22 December 1994.
  11. ^ "Youth Center Offers Haven, Hope". The Washington Post. 15 January 2003.
  12. ^ "Eisenhower Quantum Opportunities Program". Blueprints Programs.
  13. ^ "Eisenhower Quantum Opportunities". National Mentoring Resource Center.
  14. ^ "Quantum Opportunities Program, Eisenhower Foundation". August 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "Quantum Opportunities Program". November 5, 2010.
  16. ^ "Program Profile: Eisenhower Quantum Opportunities". National Institute of Justice. September 8, 2015.
  17. ^ Ostrow, ronald J. (February 28, 1993). "New Report Echoes 'Two Societies' Warning of 1968 Kerner Commission: Poverty: Eisenhower Foundation Says to Counter the Slide Toward a Divided Nation, Funds are Needed to Aid the Hard-Core Inner-City Poor". Los Angeles Times.
  18. ^ Fletcher, Michael (March 1, 1998). "Prophecy on Race Relations Came True". The Washington Post.
  19. ^ Brooke, Edward W. (April 3, 2008). "King and Kerner: An Unfinished Agenda". The Washington Post.
  20. ^ "A Fiftieth Anniversary Look Back at the Kerner Report". Temple. Archived from the original on 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2018-03-19.