David Greenberg

David Greenberg

Visiting Associate Professor of History;
Associate Professor of History and Journalism & Media Studies, Rutgers University

323 Fayerweather Hall
Email: dg107@columbia.edu
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Ph.D. – Columbia University 2001
B.A. – Yale University 1990

Interests and Research

David Greenberg specializes in modern American political history. His books include Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image (W.W. Norton, 2003), which won the Washington Monthly Book Award, the American Journalism History Association Book Award, and the Bancroft Dissertation Award from Columbia University; and Calvin Coolidge (Times Books, 2006), a part of the American Presidents series. Formerly a full-time journalist, he served as managing editor and acting editor of The New Republic, where remains a contributing editor, and has been a regular contributor to Slate since its founding. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Daedalus, Raritan, and other scholarly and popular publications. He is writing a history of the rise of political spin in the 20th century.


  • The American Presidencey (undergraduate)
  • Readings in 20th Century U.S. History (graduate)


  • Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for 2010-11
  • ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars for 2010-11 (declined)
  • Hiett Prize in the Humanities, 2008
  • Rutgers University Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, 2008
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist appointment, 2007-2012
  • Top Young Historian, History News Network, 2006
  • White House Historical Association Award, 2006
  • American Journalism Historians Association Award, for Nixon’s Shadow. 2003
  • Washington Monthly Political Book Award, for Nixon’s Shadow. 2003
  • White House Historical Association Award, for Nixon’s Shadow. 2003
  • Bancroft Dissertation Prize, Columbia University, for Nixon’s Shadow. 2002

Selected Publications


Calvin Coolidge. Times Books/Henry Holt (American Presidents Series). 2006

Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image. W.W. Norton. 2003

Scholarly Articles

“The Case of the Classified Upside-Down Cake Recipe: Harry Truman, the Press, and Executive Confidentiality in the Early Cold War,” in The Civil Liberties Legacy of Harry S. Truman, Richard Kirkendall, ed., Truman State University Press, 2013.

“Lippmann vs. Mencken: Debating Democracy,” Raritan, Fall 2012.

 “A New Way of Campaigning: Eisenhower, Stevenson, and the Anxieties of Television Politics,” in Liberty and Justice for All: Rethinking Politics in Cold War America, 1945-1965, Kathleen Donohue, ed., University of Massachusetts Press, 2012.

“Do Historians Watch Enough TV?: Broadcast News as a Primary Source,” in Doing Recent History, Claire Potter and Renee Romano, eds., University of Georgia Press, 2012.

“Theodore Roosevelt and the Image of Presidential Activism,” Social Research: An International Quarterly, Winter 2011.

“The Debate about the Debates,” in From Votes to Victory: Winning and Governing the White House in the 21st Century, Meena Bose, ed., Texas A&M Press, 2011.

“Nixon’s Image: A Brief History,” in A Companion to Richard M. Nixon, Melvin Small, ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

“Beyond the Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Origins of Presidential Spin,” Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2011.

“Creating Their Own Reality: The Bush Administration and Expertise in a Polarized Age,” in The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment, Julian Zelizer, ed., Princeton University Press, 2010.

“The Republican Flight from Reality,” Raritan, Winter 2010.

“The Reorientation of Liberalism in the 1980s,” in Living in the 1980s, Gil Troy and Vincent Cannato, eds., Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Torchlight Parades for the Media Age: The Presidential Debates as Political Ritual,” Daedalus, Spring 2009.

“The Idea of ‘The Liberal Media’ and Its Roots in the Civil Rights Movement,” The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, December 2008.

 “Nixon the Statesman: The Failed Campaign,” in Nixon in the World: American Foreign Policy, 1969-1977, Fredrik Logevall and Andrew Preston, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

“Richard Hofstadter Reconsidered,” Raritan, Fall 2007.

“Nixon in American Memory,” in Watergate and the Resignation of Richard Nixon, Harry P. Jeffrey and Thomas Maxwell-Long, eds., CQ Press, 2004.