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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Clay Risen

Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellow, 2013

Clay Risen is connected with many of the country’s most prestigious publications. Currently editor at The New York Times, he was an assistant editor at The New Republic and the founding managing editor of  the noted quarterly Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. His freelance work has appeared in such journals as The AtlanticSmithsonian, and The Washington Post.

As an editor at the Op Ed Page of The New York Times, he previously collaborated with the Starr Center on its “Historically Corrected” series for the newspaper.  During Risen’s week-long fellowship at Washington College, he met with undergraduate journalists and History and Political Science majors, and worked on his most recent book, Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, (Bloomsbury Press, 2014) a critical examination of the historic battle to pass the act. 

Read more about Clay Risen’s fellowship.

To view a video of Clay Risen’s presentation at Washington College, please click here.

To see photos from Clay Risen’s fellowship presentation, please click here.