Ted Widmer

Macaulay Honors College, CUNY; Former Senior Fellow & Carnegie-Uehiro Fellow, Carnegie Council

Ted Widmer

Ted Widmer is a former Senior Fellow and Carnegie-Uehiro Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He is a distinguished visiting scholar and director of the Humanities Lab at the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York.

Previously, Widmer was the director of John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Prior to that he was the director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and the founding director of the C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College.

Between 1997 and 2001, Widmer was a foreign policy speechwriter and senior adviser to President Clinton. He also served in the Department of State during the Obama administration, as a senior adviser to Secretary Clinton.

Prior to that, Widmer taught at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D., AM, and AB degrees.

His books include Listening In: The Secret White House Tapes of John F. Kennedy (2012); 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). Widmer 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 Yorker, Politico, The Boston Globe, and The American Scholar.

Last Updated: January 5, 2021