Claude M. Steele is the Director of the Center of Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His research interests include how people cope with threats to their self-image and how group stereotypes, especially as they affect minorities, can influence intellectual performance. Mr. Steele serves on the Board of Directors of the Social Science Research Council and has served as president of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and of the Western Psychological Society. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Steele is a member of the Institutional Policy Committee and the Committee on Human and Community Development of the Foundation.