Abigail Thernstrom, a conservative political scientist, is a former Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York, a member of the Massachusetts Board of Education, and vice chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University, in 1975.
Thernstrom and her husband, Harvard historian Stephan Thernstrom, are the co-authors of One Nation, Indivisible (Simon & Schuster), which the New York Times Book Review, in its annual end-of-the-year issue, named as one of the notable books of 1997.
She serves on several boards, including the Center for Equal Opportunity and the Institute for Justice. From 1992 to 1997 she was a member of the Aspen Institute's Domestic Strategy Group.
President Bill Clinton chose her as one of three authors to participate in his first "town meeting" on race in Akron, Ohio, on December 3, 1997, and she was part of a small group that met with the President again in the Oval Office on December 19.