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Author; National Security columnist, Slate, Slate

American Academy Lecturer - Class of Spring 2023


Fred Kaplan is the national-security columnist for Slate and the author of six books, including The Bomb, Dark Territory, The Wizards of Armageddon, and The Insurgents, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Previously a staff reporter for the Boston Globe in Washington, D.C, (1982-91), Kaplan was part of the group that won a Pulitzer Prize for a special magazine coverage of the nuclear arms race. He also reported for the Globe from Moscow (1992-95) and New York (1995-2002). A member of the Society of American Historians, Kaplan has held fellowships at the Council on Foreign Relations and New America. He graduated from Oberlin College and received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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