Established in 1999 by J. Barclay Knapp in honor of his father

MAJOR GENERAL JAMES B. KNAPP, USAF (Ret.), a West Point graduate and career Air Force officer, gained a place in history as the chief negotiator at the armistice talks between North Korea and South Korea in 1969. A highly decorated pilot and commander during World War II, he later served with the Strategic Air Command. General Knapp died soon after this deanship was endowed by his son in his honor.


J. BARCLAY KNAPP, A&S 1979, a former university trustee, is an entrepreneur in the telecommunications field. Co-founder of Cellular Communications, former president and CEO of NLT, he is a current member of the board of UPOC Networks. He has also co-founded Charles Street Partners to pursue financing and management opportunities in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Knapp is a founding member and a past national chair of the Krieger School’s Second Decade Society, an advocacy and fundraising group. He also serves on the Krieger School Advisory Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Financial Economics.


Image Credit: Will Kirk Sociologist KATHERINE S. NEWMAN, a widely published expert on poverty and the working poor, led major interdisciplinary initiatives at Princeton and Harvard universities before being named James B. Knapp Dean of the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

A distinguished scholar, veteran academic leader, and talented and dedicated educator, Dr. Newman holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology.

Dr. Newman was previously the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes '41 Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Sociology at Princeton University, where she had taught since 2004. From 2007 to 2010, she directed Princeton's university-wide Institute for International and Regional Studies. She founded and chaired Princeton’s joint doctoral program in social policy, sociology, politics and psychology.

Previously, during eight years at Harvard University, she was the first dean of social science at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. While there, she designed a university-wide research program in the social sciences, promoting collaboration among faculty from the arts and sciences, public health, medicine, law and education. She also has served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Newman, who has written 11 books and five edited volumes thus far, has focused much of her scholarly work on the lives of the working poor and mobility up and down the economic ladder. She also has investigated the impact of tax policy on the poor, the history of public opinion's impact on poverty policy, school violence, and the impact of globalization on young people in Italy, Spain, Japan and South Africa, among other issues. Newman graduated in 1975 from the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in sociology and philosophy. She earned a PhD in anthropology in 1979 from the University of California, Berkeley.