Julian E. Zelizer

Julian Emanuel Zelizer (born 1969) is a professor of political history and an author in the United States at Princeton University.[1] Zelizer has authored or co-authored several books about American political history; his focuses of study are the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century.

Julian Emanuel Zelizer
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Julian Emanuel Zelizer
Born1969 (age 50–51)
EducationMetuchen High School, New Jersey
Alma materBrandeis University, Massachusetts
Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
(PhD History)
Political commentator
Spouse(s)Nora Kay Moran (divorced)
Meg Jacobs
Parent(s)Viviana Zelizer
Gerald L. Zelizer


Raised in Metuchen, New Jersey, Zelizer was educated at Metuchen High School, a comprehensive public high school,[2] followed by Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He obtained a PhD in History from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.[3]

Life and careerEdit

Zelizer has contributed to CNN.com and The Atlantic[4][5] He penned the introduction to a 2016 edition of the Kerner report.[6] He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Professor of History and Public Policy.[7]

He has twice won the D.B. Hardeman Prize, for Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945–1975 and The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society.[8][9]

Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, coauthored with Kevin M. Kruse, received wide critical acclaim.[10][11][12]

Zelizer is the son of the Princeton sociologist Viviana Zelizer and rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer.[13][14]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1996, he married Nora Kay Moran at Congregation Adas Israel in Washington, D.C. presided over by his father.[14] In 2012, he married fellow historian Meg Jacobs at the Synagogue for the Arts in New York City again presided over by his father.[13]


  • Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945–1975 (1999)
  • On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and its Consequences, 1948-2000 (2004)
  • Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security - From World War II to the War on Terrorism (2009)
  • Jimmy Carter: The American Presidents Series: The 39th President, 1977–1981 (2010)
  • Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981–1989: A Brief History with Documents (2011), with Meg Jacobs
  • Governing America: The Revival of Political History (2012)
  • The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (2015)
  • Media Nation: The Political History of News in Modern America (2017), editor, with Bruce J. Schulman
  • The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment (2018), editor
  • Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 (2019), with Kevin M. Kruse
  • Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (2020)


  1. ^ "Julian E. Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs". princeton.edu. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  2. ^ Robert Strauss (July 18, 2015). "Julian Zelizer: Presidents & Precedents". New Jersey Monthly. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "Julian Zelizer - Fellow". New America. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "Julian E. Zelizer | Department of History". history.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  5. ^ "All Stories by Julian E. Zelizer". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  6. ^ "Fifty Years Ago, the Government Said Black Lives Matter". Boston Review. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  7. ^ https://www.princeton.edu/~jzelizer/
  8. ^ LBJ Presidential Library. "Recipients of the D.B. Hardeman Prize presented by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation". LBJ Presidential Library. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  9. ^ "Book by Zelizer Named Winner of D.B. Hardeman Prize | Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs". wws.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  10. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo; Matos, Michaelangelo (January 27, 2019). "Book Review: 'Fault Lines' is an Excellent History of U.S. Political Dysfunction".
  11. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer. Norton, $28.95 (400p) ISBN 978-0-393-08866-3". PublishersWeekly.com.
  12. ^ Kruse, Kevin M. (2019-02-03). "Polarization, USA - Los Angeles Review of Books". Lareviewofbooks.org. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  13. ^ a b "Meg Jacobs, Julian Zelizer - Weddings". The New York Times. 2012-09-02. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  14. ^ a b "Weddings: Nora K. Moran, Julian E. Zelizer". The New York Times. June 2, 1996.