Alan Brinkley is the 20th Provost and the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University in New York City. An eminent scholar of twentieth-century United States history, he has chaired the Department of History since 2000.
Brinkley has been a prolific writer and published numerous works including, Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin and the Great Depression, which won the 1983 National Book Award, The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People, The End of Reform; New Deal Liberalism in Recession and War, and Liberalism and its Discontents. His latest book is The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century. In addition, Brinkley is a frequent commentator on current events, government policy, and economic and social trends.
Before joining Columbia, Brinkley taught at M.I.T., Harvard and the City University of New York Graduate School. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Humanities Center, the Media Studies Center, Russell Sage Foundation and others. Brinkley is chairman of the board of trustees of the Century Foundation (formerly the Twentieth Century Fund), a member of the editorial board of The American Prospect, a member of the board of directors of the New York Council for the Humanities and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998 and 1999, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He received his A.B. from Princeton and his Ph.D from Harvard.