William A. Galston holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow. A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract and the implications of political polarization.
He is also College Park Professor at the University of Maryland. Prior to January 2006, he was Saul Stern Professor and Acting Dean at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), and executive director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal, co-chaired by William Bennett and Sam Nunn. A participant in six presidential campaigns, he served from 1993 to 1995 as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy. From 1969 to 1970 Galston served as a member of the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged.
Galston is the author of eight books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics. His most recent books are Liberal Pluralism (Cambridge, 2002), The Practice of Liberal Pluralism (Cambridge, 2004), and Public Matters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). A winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
Galston has appeared on all the principal television networks and is a frequent commentator on NPR. He writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal.
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- Additional Expertise Areas
- American political thought, institutions, and processes
- Contemporary political and social philosophy
- History of political thought
- U.S. domestic policy
- Past Positions
- Saul Stern Professor and Acting Dean at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
- Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy
- Founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
- Executive Director, National Commission on Civic Renewal
- Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy
- Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center
- Director of Economic and Social Programs, Roosevelt Center for Economic American Policy Studies
- Senior Adviser, Gore for President Campaign
- Ph.D. (1973), M.A. (1969), University of Chicago
- B.A. Cornell University, 1967