David Greenberg, Asst. Professor Rutgers University




a Nixon's Shadow
  Presidential Doodles
  Calvin Coolidge

Peter Matson, Sterling Lord Literistic



  The American Presidency
  Media and Government
  Journalism, Democracy, and the Public Sphere
  The Holocaust in American Culture
  Cold War Culture
  Seminar in Recent U.S. History
  History of the News Media
  Seminar in Recent U.S. History.





David Greenberg
Associate Professor
History, Journalism
& Media Studies
Rutgers University
Tel: (732) 932-7500 x8178

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Curriculum Vitae



David Greenberg is associate professor of History and of Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University , New Brunswick . His first book, Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image (W.W. Norton, 2003) won the Washington Monthly Annual Political Book Award, the American Journalism History Award, and Columbia University ’s Bancroft Dissertation Award. Calvin Coolidge (Henry Holt), a biography for the American Presidents Series, published in December 2006, appeared on the Washington Post’s list of best books of 2007. Presidential Doodles (Basic Books, 2006) was widely reviewed and featured on CNN, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” He recently was awarded the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, awarded annually to someone “whose work in the humanities shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public component related to contemporary culture,” as well as the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence. He is currently working on a history of political spin.

Prof. Greenberg has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, The Journal of American History, Reviews in American History, and Daedalus. He is a regular contributor to the online magazine Slate, where he writes the "History Lesson" column and other occasional reviews and essays. Before pursuing his PhD, he served as Acting Editor and Managing Editor of The New Republic magazine and, early in his career, as the assistant to author Bob Woodward, on The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (Simon & Schuster, 1994). Prof. Greenberg holds a BA in History from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, 1990) and a PhD in History from Columbia University (2001).

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Suzanne Nossel, and their children, Leo and Liza.


Recently Published

Waving the Flag: How the Republicans Claimed the ‘Patriotism’ Mantle in Presidential Politics,” Slate, July 2, 2008.

The Other Women.” Review of Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd, and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life, by Joseph Persico, New York Times Book Review, June 8, 2008.

No Respect: Hillary Clinton Deserved to End Her Campaign on Her Own Terms,” Guardian (UK), June 6, 2008.

After the Assassination: How Gene McCarthy’s Response to Bobby Kennedy’s Murder Crippled the Democrats,” Slate, June 4, 2008.

Five Myths About the Vice Presidency,” Washington Post, June 1, 2008.

Cold Fusion: History Suggests an Obama-Clinton Ticket Could Work,” Slate, May 22, 2008 .

Tribe of Scribes.” Review of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters , by Robert Schlesinger, Washington Post , May 18, 2008 .

The Age of Reagan.” Review of The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008, by Sean Wilentz, Los Angeles Times , May 18, 2008 .

Double Negative: The Return of Doughface Liberalism,” The New Republic, April 9, 2008 .

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Unplugged.” Review of Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America , by Allen C. Guelzo, Slate, April 7, 2008 .

The Long Goodbye: It’s Too Early to Talk About Hillary’s Withdrawal,” Slate, March 5, 2008 .

Zealots of Our Time.” Review of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, by Jacob Heilbrunn, American Prospect, March, 2008.

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Speeches,” New York Times, February 24, 2008 .

Memo to Obama Fans: The Clinton Presidency Was Not a Failure,” Slate, February 12, 2008 .

R, North Carolina.” Review of Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism, by William A. Link, New York Times Book Review, February 10, 2008 .

Why Obamamania? Because He Runs as the Great White Hope,” Washington Post , January 13, 2008 .



“Media and Conservative Politics in Postwar America : A Response,” Policy History Conference , St. Louis University , St. Louis , MO , May 30, 2008 .

“Red vs. Blue—or Purple: Is America Really Polarized?,” at the symposium, “ The Hyperpartisan Era in Washington: Can Federal Bipartisanship Be Revived?” The New School, New York , NY , May 28, 2008 .

“Paths out of Dixie: A Response,” comment at the 20 th Century Politics and Society Workshop, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 17, 2008.

“George W. Bush and the War on Expertise,” for the conference “The Presidency of George W. Bush in Historical Perspective,” Princeton University , Princeton , NJ , April 12, 2008 .

“The Spinning of the President, 2008,” keynote address at the conference “Freedom of the Press,” St. Peter’s College, Jersey City , NJ , April 10, 2008 .

“Learning from Presidential Debates,” for the conference “The 2008 Road to the White House,” Hofstra University , Hempstead , NY , April 3, 2008 .

“History on the Internet,” talk at the conference “Comparing, Editing, Translating: Periodicals and Interdisciplinarity Today,” Institute for Comparative Literature and Society Annual Conference , Columbia University, New York, NY, March 28, 2008.

Calvin Coolidge’s Legacy,” National Archives, Washington DC , February 13, 2008 .

History in 1200 Words: Dumbing Down vs. Smarting Up,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC , January 6, 2008 .

Redefining Liberalism in the 1980s,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC , January 4, 2008 .



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