The Department of English
Charles A. Riley
Phone: (646) 312-4021
Charles A. Riley II is the co-founder of WeMedia, the first multimedia company devoted to people with disabilities, and the former editor-in-chief of WE magazine, its national bimonthly magazine for which he has written two dozen cover stories. A former reporter covering finance, politics and science for Fortune, former senior editor of Art & Auction, and Art & Antiques, as well as Antique Monthly magazines, Professor Riley has appeared on CNN, CNNfn, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox News as a commentator on world trade, the regulation of business, disability-related issues, the art market, and mainland China.
He is the director of communications for the International Center for Corporate Accountability, a Baruch-based labor and environmental monitoring NGO. He is a member of the board of the Asian American Research Institute and advisor to the Asian American Higher Education Council. He has also been a frequent guest at think tanks including the Salzburg Seminar, Perception International, Iconic Turn and the Presidential Renaissance Weekends. He has won major awards for his coverage of disability from Easter Seals, United Cerebral Palsy, the National Recovery Alliance and other organizations. He has also acted as advisor on both small business and accessibility issues to corporations, including IBM, AT&T and Microsoft, as well as to the White House and the office of the mayor in New York City. He was honored in 1999 as one of the City's leading figures in the area of supporting accessibility and the rights of people with disabilities.
He is the author of several books on business, policy and the arts, including Disability and the Media; Disability and Business; Small Business, Big Politics; High-Access Home; The Arts and the World Economy; Preserving the Built Heritage; Color Codes; The Saints of Modern Art; Aristocracy and the Modern Imagination; Sacred Sister, The Jazz Age in France, and two art monographs from Abrams. He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Graduate Center of CUNY.