Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University
Bosch Fellow in Public Policy - Class of Spring 2011
Todd Gitlin, a noted authority on American culture and media, combines the academic disciplines of communication, sociology, popular culture, and political science in his work. His recent publications include The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals (Wiley & Sons, 2007), The Intellectuals and the Flag (Columbia University Press, 2006), Letters to a Young Activist (Basic Books, 2003), and The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election, with Liel Leibovitz (Simon & Schuster, 2010).
Prior to joining the faculty of Columbia University, where he currently chairs the PhD Program in communications, Gitlin was a professor of culture, journalism, and sociology at New York University and of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, where he directed the program in mass communications. A former columnist for the New York Observer and the San Francisco Examiner, Gitlin is a regular contributor to the “Entanglements” blog at the New Republic Online, and to tpmcafe.com. He has contributed to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Dissent, and New Republic, among others. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including on PBS, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NPR. In addition to his scholarly work, Gitlin has published a book of poetry and two novels, The Murder of Albert Einstein (Bantam, 1994) and Sacrifice (Metropolitan Books, 1999), which won the Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Fiction on Jewish themes. Counterpoint published his third novel, Undying, in February 2011.