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William A. Galston

William A. Galston

William A. Galston, an editorial board member of American Purpose, holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a Senior Fellow. Prior to January 2006 he was the Saul Stern Professor and Acting Dean at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), and executive director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal, co-chaired by former Secretary of Education William Bennett and former Senator Sam Nunn. A participant in six presidential campaigns, he served from 1993 to 1995 as deputy assistant to President Clinton for domestic policy.

Galston is author of nine books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics. His most recent books are Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy (2018), Public Matters (2005), and The Practice of Liberal Pluralism (2004). A winner of the American Political Science Association’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award, Galston was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

Galston has appeared on all the principal television networks and is frequently interviewed on NPR. He writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal.

Articles and Events

June 18, 2021: George Packer on his new book, "Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal." Moderated by William A. Galston. Co-sponsored with Braver Angels

Join us on June 18, 2021 to hear George Packer on his new book, Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal. Moderated by William A. Galston. George Packer is an American journalist, novelist, and playwright. He is a staff writer covering foreign policy at The Atlantic and wrote for

William A. Galston

Apr. 2, 2021: William A. Galston discusses "The Age of Resentment — And How To Build Back Better"

Join us on April 2, 2021 to hear William A. Galston discuss "The Age of Resentment — And How To Build Back Better." William A. Galston, an editorial board member of American Purpose, holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as

William A. Galston
The Bitter Heartland

The Bitter Heartland

A toxic class resentment has been festering for decades among rural and small-town Americans.

William A. Galston