Donald T. Critchlow serves as Director of the ASU Center for
Political Thought and Leadership. The Center's mission is to promote a
greater understanding of the foundations of democratic society through
undergraduate education, scholarly research, and civic involvement.
The Center sponsors public lectures, academic seminars, internships,
and scholarly research projects. The Center supports post-doctoral
programs, an undergraduate certificate program in Political Thought
and Leadership, the Journal of Policy History, student
reading groups, and public education programs.
His most recent books include American Political History: A
Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2015),
and When Hollywood Was Right: How Movie Moguls, Film Stars,
and Big Business Remade American Politics, published by
Cambridge University Press in 2013. Other publications include The
Conservative Ascendancy: How the GOP Made Political History
Press, 2007; rev. and updated edition University Press of Kansas.
2011); Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism
(Princeton University Press, 2005); Intended Consequences: Birth
Control, Abortion, and the Federal Government (Oxford
University Press, 1999, pap. 2001); Studebaker: The Life and Death
of an American Corporations (Indiana University Press, 1997);
and the Brookings Institution: Expertise and the Public Interest
in a Democratic Society (Northern Illinois University Press,
1989). He is general editor for the new Oxford Encyclopedia of
American Political and Legal History.
He is currently writing a book, Strange Bedfellows
: Presidential Character and Leadership, and co-editing with
Paula Baker, The Oxford Handbook on American Political History
for Oxford University Press.
Critchlow teaches courses on American conservatism, political
thought, political conspiracy, and contemporary American history.
After receiving his doctoral degree in History from the University of
California, Berkeley, Critchlow became a professor at the University
of Notre Dame and later chair of the History Department at Saint Louis
University. He has been a visiting professor at Hong Kong University
and Warsaw University. He has lectured extensively in the United
States, Europe, and China. He is the founding editor of the
Journal of Policy History, a quarterly published by
Cambridge University Press.
His books are regularly reviewed in the New York Times Book
Review, New Republic, National Review,
The New Yorker, Washington Post Book Review, and
other magazines and newspapers. He has appeared on C-Span Books, NPR's
Talk of the Nation, BBC World News, and numerous talk-radio programs.