Biography

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the United States and has been described by Georgetown University professor and bestselling author Michael Eric Dyson as “one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation.”  Wise has spoken in 48 states and more than 400 college campuses, including Harvard University, Stanford University, and law schools at Yale University and Columbia University.  He has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide and has trained physicians and medical industry professional on strategies for combating racial inequities in health care.  He has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington state.

Wise is the 2008 Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Issues at Washburn University in Topeka, an honor named for the lead plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.  In 2005, he served as an adjunct faculty member at the Smith College School for Social Work where he co-taught a master’s-level course on racism in the United States.  In 2001, as a visiting faculty-in-residence at Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., he trained journalists to eliminate racial bias in reporting, and, in 2005 and 2006, he provided training on issues of racial privilege and institutional bias at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) at Patrick Air Force Base.  Before serving as an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute from 1999-2003, he was an Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, the largest of many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate David Duke.

Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son; Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White, Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; and Between Barack and a Hard Place:  Race and Whiteness in the Age of Obama.  He has contributed chapters or essays to 20 books and is one of several individuals featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories from Duke University Press.  He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best essay on race issues, and his writings have appeared in dozens of popular, professional and scholarly journals.  Wise has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs worldwide.

Wise holds a B.A. in political science from Tulane University he his anti-apartheid work received global attention and the thanks of the Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  He received training in methods for dismantling racism from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.  He and his wife Kristy are the proud parents of two daughters.