Julian E. Zelizer


Julian Zelizer is a fellow in New America's Political Reform program. He is writing a book about the scandal that brought down Speaker of the House Jim Wright in 1989 and co-authoring a book about America since the 1970s. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and writes a weekly column for CNN.com. He has published over 500 op-eds. Zelizer is the author and editor of 17 books on American political history, including The Fierce Urgency of Now: Congress, Lyndon Johnson and the Battle for the Great Society, which was published by Penguin Press. Zelizer is a graduate of Brandeis University and holds a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University.

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Panetta bombardment keeps focus on Obama for midterms

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After weeks of vague pronouncements on world events, President Obama finally spoke forcefully Wednesday. The President needs to to be doing

Bolder Obama ready to take on GOP

“President Obama has a lot of work to do getting his party ready for 2016,” Princeton University political historian Julian Zelizer said. “T

Christie's all-expenses paid Dallas Cowboys trip raises 2016 concerns

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