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David Greenberg, PhD Biography

Professor of History and of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University
Pro to the question "Was Bill Clinton a Good President?"

“[T]he booming prosperity over which Clinton presided, combined with his progressive tax and distribution policies, meant that for the first time since the 1960s, the lowest quintile of earners saw their lot improve during his presidency…

Bill Clinton oversaw the most successful foreign policy since John F. Kennedy… By the end of his second [term], he had achieved major diplomatic achievements – sometimes with the aid of military force – in Bosnia and Kosovo, Northern Ireland, and Israel and the Palestinian territories…

Clinton did much more than survive. He made the Democratic Party viable again in presidential elections. He reoriented liberalism, retaining its core commitments to a mixed economy, a welfare state, civil rights, civil liberties, and an internationalist foreign policy – while also acknowledging where its past policies on welfare, crime, and other issues had lost the confidence of the American people. He recognized the coming of globalization and sought new policies to deal with its challenges. His programs contributed… to peace and shared prosperity, declines in violent crime and out-of-wedlock births, and a liberalizing national temper on culture war issues. Race relations improved steadily, according to both whites and blacks.”

“A Consequential Presidency,” Washington Monthly, Mar./Apr./May 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, History and Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University, 2016-present
  • Columnist and Contributing Editor, Politico, 2015-present
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Organization of American Historians
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, National Book Critics Circle
  • Associate Professor, History and Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University, 2008-2016
  • Contributor, Slate, 1996-2015
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, Columbia University, Spring 2014
  • Contributing Editor, The New Republic, 2006-2014
  • Assistant Professor, History and Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University, 2004-2008
  • Weekly Columnist, Times Select, New York Times, May 2007
  • Lecturer, Department of History and Political Science, Yale University, 2003-2004
  • Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2002-2003
  • Assistant to journalist Bob Woodward, Washington Post, 1991-1994
  • PhD, History, Columbia University, 2001
  • MPhil, History, Columbia University, 1998
  • MA, History, 1996
  • BA, summa cum laude, History, Yale University, 1990
  • Awarded the Hiett Prize in the Humanities in 2008
  • Named the “Top Young Historian” by the History News Network in 2006
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