Eric Alterman
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Eric Alterman


Eric Alterman is a distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College, and a Professor of Journalism at the City University of New York.  A prolific writer, Alterman is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he writes the “Think Again” column.  He is also a fellow at the Nation Institute, where he writes the “The Liberal Media” column for The Nation magazine.  He contributes regularly to the The Daily Beast, and in recent years, has been a columnist for Worth, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, and

Alterman is the author of nine books. His most recent, with Kevin Mattson, is The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama.  Alterman’s  other titles include Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama (2011), Why We’re Liberals: A Handbook for Restoring America’s Most Important Ideals (2008, 2009), and national bestsellers, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004), and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (2004, co-author)

His book, It Ain’t No Sin to be Glad You’re Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999, 2001), won the Stephen Crane Literary Award.  Alterman’s other awards include the George Orwell Award, the Jack London Literary Prize and the Mirror Award for media criticism.  A former adjunct professor of journalism at NYU and Columbia, Alterman received his B.A. in history and government from Cornell, his M.A. in international relations from Yale, and his PhD in U.S. history from Stanford. He lives in New York City with his family.