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David Greenberg

Guest Speaker


    September 1, 2010 — July 31, 2011

    Professional affiliation

    Professor of History and of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University.

    Wilson Center Projects

    "The Story of Spin: Presidential Persuasion from Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush"

    Full Biography

    David Greenberg is a Professor of History and of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. He is currently writing a biography of Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights leader, for Simon & Schuster. He is the author or editor of several books on American history and politics including Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image (2003); Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency (2016); Calvin Coolidge (2006); and Alan Brinkley: A Life in History (2019). Formerly acting editor of the New Republic and columnist for Slate, he now writes for Politico, among many other scholarly and popular publications. He holds a PhD in history from Columbia University and a BA from Yale and lives with his family in Manhattan.

    Major Publications

    • Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image (W.W. Norton, 2003).
    • Calvin Coolidge (Henry Holt, 2006).
    • Numerous book chapters, journal articles, book reviews, essays in The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Daedalus, Raritan and other scholarly and popular publications