Race & Ethnicity Project
Race & Ethnicity in Advertising
America in the 20th Century
The AEF has undertaken a ground-breaking project that explores the history of diverse populations and consumers in the United States. With Race & Ethnicity in Advertising – America: 1890-Today, AEF is developing the definitive online exhibition about how American experiences of race and ethnicity have shaped and been shaped by the evolution of advertising over the course of the 20th century. This online exhibit and archives will serve as an extensive resource for teaching, research, industry and anyone who is interested about this continuously evolving subject in American history. Nothing like this exists in our industry today!
Fath Davis Ruffins, Curator and Historian, The Smithsonian Institution, is our Project Director.
AEF has worked hand in hand with scholars and industry leaders to create a project prototype that has been beta-tested in select college classrooms over the past two years. The reaction is overwhelmingly positive.
As we move beyond the prototype to build the main project, we need your help – with both content and funding. All sponsors and contributors will be recognized on the project site.
The Stories Continue… With Your Help
Contact Janice Spector, EVP, Managing Director, AEF to find out how you can get involved.
AEF Board of Directors
Association of National Advertisers (ANA)
Our Advisory Panel has provided expertise and guidance from both the academic and industry perspective.
Arlene Davila, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, New York University
Hasia Diner, Dept. of History, Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
Daisy Expósito-Ulla, Chairman & CEO, d expósito & Partners
Jonas Greene, Brand Manager, American Indian College Fund, Wieden + Kennedy
Hiroko Hatanaka, Vice President, Management Supervisor, IW Group
Jacqueline Hernández, Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo Media
Bill Imada, Chairman and Chief Collaboration Officer, IW Group
Paul Kurnit, Founder & President, Kurnit Communications, PS Insights; Marketing Professor, Pace Univ.
Pat Lafferty, Chief Operating Officer, McCann North-America
Byron Lewis Sr., Chairman Emeritus, UniWorld Group, Inc.
Shirley Jennifer Lim, Associate Professor of History, SUNY Stony Brook
Marya McQuirter, Digital Curator, Race & Ethnicity in Advertising Project
Joe Min, Account Director, interTrend Communications
Mendi Obadike, Assistant Professor, Humanities & Media Studies, Pratt Institute
William M. O’Barr, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Kathy Peiss, Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania
Clara Rodriguez, Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Fordham University
Hayes Roth, Principal, HA Roth Consulting
Shalini Shankar, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology & Asian American Studies, Northwestern Univ.
Susan Smulyan, Professor, Department of American Studies, Brown University
Robert W. Snyder, Associate Professor, Director of American Studies, Rutgers-Newark
Jon Yokagawa, Vice President, Consumer Engagement, interTrend Communications