3 days / 30+ speakers
20+ seminars, workshops, and panels
National Classical Education Symposium

Arizona State University’s BEUS Center for Law and Society
March 2-4, 2020
President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)

Michael B. Poliakoff

Michael served as the president of ACTA, an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America’s colleges and universities for the past three years.

He previously served as vice president for academic affairs and research at the University of Colorado and in senior roles at the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University, Hillsdale College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wellesley College. Michael received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Yale University, a Class I Honors B.A. at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. in classical studies from the University of Michigan.

In addition to his work, Michael is also a prolific contributor to many classical studies, ACTA, and education policy publications.

Selected Publications

  • 2019-(forthcoming) “Greek Combat Sport and the Borders of Athletics, Violence, and Civilization,” in the Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, edited by Thomas Scanlon and Alison Futrell (Oxford University Press).
  • 2016-No U.S. History? How College History Departments Leave the United States out of the Major, with Drew Lakin and Marya Myers
  • 2016-The Crisis of Civic Education, with William Gonch.
  • 2015-The Cost of Chaos in the Curriculum, with Elizabeth Capaldi Phillips.
  • 2014-“Civilization, Play, Education,” Journal of School Choice 3 (2014) pp. 545-547.
  • 2010-present-What Will They Learn? A Survey of Core Requirements at our Nation’s Colleges and Universities, with ACTA staff.
  • 2006-Review of A Loeb Classical Library Reader (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006) in The Wall Street Journal (Saturday/Sunday, April 8-9, 2006) P9.
  • 2003-“Teacher Quality Leadership from Public Charter Schools,” National Charter School Clearinghouse Review 3 (July 2003) 37-41.