American author, educator, and social activist. Born in Boston, Kozol was educated at Harvard University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University. He taught in Boston-area public schools, an experience he described in his first book, the nonfictional
Death at an Early Age (1967), a National Book Award winner. His interest in education reform, theories of learning, and social justice have informed all of his twelve books, including Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America (1988), Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools (1991), Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation (1995), Letters to a Young Teacher (2007), and Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America (2012). His most recent book is a memoir, The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at a Time (2015). See also jonathankozol.com.