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Dr Barbara L Tischler is a cum laude graduate of Douglass College of Rutgers University, where she completed an honours thesis in music, followed by a Master of Music degree in Oboe from the Manhattan School of Music. She worked as a freelance musician in New York City while earning her M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in United States History. Tischler has taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, and Queens College of the City University of New York, among other schools. In 1986, she published An American Music: The Search for an American Musical Identity (Oxford University Press). Rutgers University Press published Sights on the Sixties in 1992, which was part of Tischler’s Perspectives on the Sixties series. She has written numerous articles and book reviews on aspects of social, cultural, women’s, and labour history. In 2015, she published Muhammad Ali: A Man of Many Voices (Routledge). For eight years, she and her husband ran the New York Giants Youth Baseball organization to provide athletic and academic opportunities for talented players. Tischler served as the Head of the Speyer Legacy School from 2015–2019. She has visited schools and participated in seminars on multiculturalism and peace studies in Guatemala, South Africa, and Colombia with Global Connections and with the New York State Association of Independent Schools on a school visit to Finland. Currently a resident of Falls Church, Virginia, Tischler teaches African-American and European history at Empire State University, and she substitute teaches in the Fairfax County Public School System.