Zelizer Elected to Society of American Historians

Mar 15 2017
By Sarah M. Binder
Source Woodrow Wilson School

The Society of American Historians has elected Julian Zelizer as a new member, recognizing the literary and scholarly distinction of his historical writings.

Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has been one of the pioneers in the revival of American political history and is the author of several books including “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.”

“I am honored by the Society’s recognition of my work and to join this distinguished group of writers,” Zelizer said.

He frequently serves as a commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics, and he has published more than 600 op-eds, including his weekly column on CNN.com. Along with Princeton’s Sam Wang, Zelizer co-hosts the podcast Politics & Polls.

Founded in 1939 to promote literary distinction in the writing or presentation of American history and biography, the Society of American Historians has a varied membership of nearly 400 scholars, journalists, independent historians, essayists, biographers, novelists, filmmakers, curators and poets.