Eva Caldera has been with the NEH since 2009, and serves as Assistant Chairman for Partnership and Strategic Initiatives in the office of NEH Chairman, Jim Leach. In that role, she is leading the Chairman's "Bridging Cultures" initiative, which supports the development of projects and partnerships that use the humanities to cultivate cross-cultural connections and enhance understanding of the global context that has shaped world history and contemporary life. She has worked with partners ranging from US foundations to foreign governments to universities and libraries across the country. Project themes include the role of civility in democracy and the importance of the humanities in understanding Muslim cultures in the US and around the world. Eva also oversees NEH’s educational website, EDSITEment, which reaches out to a broad network of K-12 classrooms with high quality teaching resources in history, literature and other humanities disciplines.
Before coming to NEH, she was on the faculty of the law and medical schools at the University of New Mexico, where she taught and conducted research in ethics, law, and policy relating to health care and new technologies. Recently released is “Cognitive Enhancement and Theories of Justice: Contemplating the Malleability of Nature and Self,” selected for inclusion in Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Personality Psychology (L. Newman, R. Larsen, eds.), McGraw Hill, 2011, originally published in Journal of Evolution and Technology, Vol. 18, Issue 1 (May 2008).
She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has practiced law in Washington and Los Angeles.