Jonathan Schell is the 2005 Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He began his career at The New Yorker magazine, where he was a staff writer from 1967 until 1987. During those years he was the principal writer of the magazine’s Notes and Comments, and also wrote long pieces, many of which were published as books. His reflective work on the nuclear question The Fate of the Earth (Knopf, 1982), which first appeared in three parts in The New Yorker, became a best-seller and was hailed by The New York Times as "an event of profound historical moment." It received the Los Angeles Times book prize, among other awards, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Critics Award. Schell's other books are The Village of Ben Suc (1967), The Military Half (1968), The Time of Illusion (1976), The Abolition (1984), History in Sherman Park (1987), The Real War (1988), Observing the Nixon Years (1989), The Gift of Time (1998), The Unfinished Twentieth Century (2001), The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (2003) and A Hole in the World: A Story of War, Protest and the New American Order (2004). He received the Lannan Award for Literary Non-fiction in 2000.
From 1990 until 1996, Schell was a columnist at Newsday and New York Newsday. He has taught at Emory and Princeton Universities, New York University, and Wesleyan University where he was a Distinguished Visiting Writer from 1997 to 2002. In 1987, he was a fellow at the Institute of Politics and in 2002 a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In 2003, he taught a course on the nuclear dilemma at the Yale Law School, and was also a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Globalization. Since 1998, he has been the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute and the Peace and Disarmament Correspondent for The Nation magazine. In recent years, he has devoted himself professionally and personally to writing and speaking on the nuclear issue, and he is frequently consulted by both members of Congress and the media. He appears often on radio and television, including, recently, the Lehrer News Hour, the Charlie Rose Show, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. His recent articles on the nuclear question include essays in The Nation, Foreign Affairs, and Harper's, of which he has recently become a contributing editor.