Alan Brinkley

Allan Nevins Professor of American History

Columbia University

Alan Brinkley specializes in the history of twentieth-century America. From 2003 to 2009, he was University Provost, and before that he was chair of the Department of History. In 1998-99, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University, and in 2011-2012, he was the Pitt Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 1991. He received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1979. He has been awarded the Sperber Biography Award, Ambassador Book Award; Pulitzer Prize Finalist (The Publisher); National Book Award (Voices of Protest); Jerome Levenson Teaching Prize, Harvard; Great Teacher Award, Columbia; and the Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship among others. 

His books include John F. Kennedy (2012); The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century (2010); Franklin D. Roosevelt (2009); Liberalism and Its Discontents (1998); The End of Reform: New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War (1995); Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression (1982); and The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People (1992).