Marion Orr is the Frederick Lippitt Professor of Public Policy, Political Science and Urban Studies and Director of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. He is the author and editor of five books, including Black Social Capital: The Politics of School Reform in Baltimore, which won the Policy Studies Organization's Aaron Wildavsky Award for the best book published in 1999, and The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics and the Challenge of Urban Education, which was named the best book in 1999 by the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Urban Politics Section.