Ted Widmer

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow, Non-Resident

Ted Widmer

Ted Widmer is director of The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. He is a senior fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Previously, Widmer was the director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. From 2001 to 2006, he was the inaugural director of the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College

Between 1997 and 2001, he was a foreign policy speechwriter and senior adviser to President Clinton. Prior to that, he taught at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D., AM and AB degrees.

His books include Martin Van Buren (2005); Campaigns: A Century of Presidential Races (with Alan Brinkley, 2001); and Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City (1999). He also edited the two volumes of American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton published by the Library of America (2006). 

Widmer is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New York Observer, Politico, The Boston Globe, and The American Scholar.

Last Updated: September 11, 2017