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
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to US presidential history. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to US presidential history.
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