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Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier

Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy - Foreign Policy, Governance Studies

Leon Wieseltier is the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy, jointly appointed in the Governance Studies and Foreign Policy programs. Wieseltier comes to Brookings following a long and distinguished career as a writer, editor, and social and political commentator. From 1983 to 2014, he was the literary editor of The New Republic. He currently serves as a contributing editor and critic at The Atlantic. Over the years, he has written for such publications as Foreign Affairs, New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Dissent.

Wieseltier holds a bachelor's from Columbia University and was a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. At Oxford University, he studied under Isaiah Berlin. He holds honorary doctorates from Brandeis University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Dan David Prize in 2013. He is the author of several books, including the widely acclaimed "Kaddish" (Knopf, 1998). Wieseltier has been the Godkin Lecturer at Harvard University, a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, the Gruss Professor in Talmudic Civil Law at Harvard Law School, and a distinguished professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.

Leon Wieseltier is the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy, jointly appointed in the Governance Studies and Foreign Policy programs. Wieseltier comes to Brookings following a long and distinguished career as a writer, editor, and social and political commentator. From 1983 to 2014, he was the literary editor of The New Republic. He currently serves as a contributing editor and critic at The Atlantic. Over the years, he has written for such publications as Foreign Affairs, New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Dissent.

Wieseltier holds a bachelor’s from Columbia University and was a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. At Oxford University, he studied under Isaiah Berlin. He holds honorary doctorates from Brandeis University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Dan David Prize in 2013. He is the author of several books, including the widely acclaimed “Kaddish” (Knopf, 1998). Wieseltier has been the Godkin Lecturer at Harvard University, a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, the Gruss Professor in Talmudic Civil Law at Harvard Law School, and a distinguished professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.

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