Tamara Mann Tweel specializes in the history of social welfare, the ethics of philanthropy, and aging in America. Professor Tweel received a Masters in Theological Studies at the Harvard Divinity School and worked for years building interfaith coalitions in New York City after September 11th. She completed a Ph.D. in American History at Columbia University, where she wrote her dissertation on the political and ethical challenges of aging in America. In addition to teaching, Professor Tweel works in the policy and non-profit space, assisting think tanks, foundations, and major philanthropists on their social welfare work. Professor Tweel has received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Hugh Davis Graham Award from the Institute of Political History. She recently testified before Congress on the value of the humanities, bringing the stories of the Freedom and Citizenship students to our national representatives. Her current academic research includes the ethical repercussions of how Americans have defined life, death, and care.