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Leonard Steinhorn

Professor School of Communication

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  • Affiliate Professor of History
Leonard Steinhorn is a professor of Communication and an affiliate professor of History. His expertise includes American politics, culture and media; the presidency and presidential elections; political strategy and communication; recent American history; the 1960s; race relations in America. He is author of The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, and co-author of By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race. He has published in books, journals, the Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, The Hill, Political Wire, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Baltimore Sun, Huffington Post, Salon, History News Network,, World Financial Review, among others, and he was the founding editor of PunditWire, a site where political speechwriters commented on the news. Since 2012 he has served as a political analyst for CBS Radio News, and before that he served ten years as the political analyst for FOX-5 News in Washington, DC. Steinhorn has appeared as an on-air expert in a number of documentaries, including CNN's The Sixties and 1968: The Year That Changed America, Superheroes Decoded on the History Channel, and The Kennedy Files on REELZ, and he also appeared in a DVD special feature on the baby boom generation for the final season of AMC's Mad Men. He has given hundreds of talks at home and abroad, and he currently lectures nationwide on politics and history for One Day University. Steinhorn was twice named AU Faculty Member of the Year, and he also was named Honors Professor of the Year in 2010. Before joining the AU faculty, he spent 15 years as a political consultant and speechwriter.


BA History, Vassar College; MA History, Johns Hopkins University

SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - 209
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See Also
A Disunited United States: What the 2016 Election Says About America
50 Years Ago Congress Gave the President a Blank Check for War
The Real Forgotten Americans
Donald Trump's Populism Decoded: How a Billionaire Became the Voice of the "Little People"
Why RFK's Assassination Still Matters Today


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