William A. Galston holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a Senior Fellow. Prior to January 2006 he was the 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 former Secretary of Education William Bennett and former Senator Sam Nunn. A participant in six presidential campaigns, he served from 1993 to 1995 as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy.
Galston is the author of nine books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics. His most recent books are Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy (Yale, 2018), Public Matters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), and The Practice of Liberal Pluralism (Cambridge, 2004). A winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award, Galston 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 frequently interviewed 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