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Alvin B. Tillery Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

Al is a leading expert on race relations and diversity, equity, and inclusion in Corporate America. Al holds a tenured appointment in the social sciences at Northwestern University, where he is the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy. His research and teaching interests focus on leveraging the insights of the social sciences to boost the capacities of organizations to achieve greater DEI. At Northwestern, he has worked to disseminate these ideas through an innovative online, executive education program based on his CREED Model for DEI leadership. He has also taught at Rutgers University, University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, and Harvard University and received a number of fellowships, grants, and awards, including excellence in teaching awards from Harvard, Notre Dame, and Northwestern.


Al was the principal of Analytic Insights Consulting, LLC., where he provided assessment, strategic counsel, and training services to Guggenheim Partners, Forrester Research, MGM International Resorts, Nike, and Recology, among other clients in the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors.  ​

Al served as co-chair of the American Political Science Association’s Presidential Task Force on Racial and Class Inequalities in the Americas and in 2021, briefed the foreign press on the #BlackLivesMatter movement on behalf of the Biden-Harris administration. His book, Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, US Foreign Policy and Black Leadership in America, won the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. He is also the author of dozens of academic papers on DEI issues and a frequent commentator in the national media on diversity, racial politics, and presidential leadership. ​​


Al earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and his B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College.