Jonathan Zimmerman is professor of education and history at New York University. A former Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher, Jon is the author of "Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory" and three other books. His opeds have appeared in the Monitor and in other national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. Zimmerman also appears every other week on WHYY, National Public Radio's Philadelphia affiliate, where he discusses contemporary news events in historical perspective.
Jon has taught and lectured in the United Kingdom, France, South Africa, and the United Arab Emerites. He also travels each summer to Accra, Ghana, where he leads a comparative education course for NYU students. In 2008 he received NYU's Distinguished Teaching Award, the university's highest teaching honor.
Jon lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife, Susan Coffin, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. They have two daughters – Sarah, a Columbia University student, and Rebecca, a high school senior.