April 9, 2024
American Historian, Best-Selling Author, CNN Presidential Historian
Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He works in many capacities in public history, including on boards, museums, colleges, and historical societies. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master.” The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as their official U.S. Presidential Historian. In 2022, he published Silent Spring Revolution, which chronicles the rise of environmental activism during the Long Sixties and tells the story of an indomitable generation that saved the natural world under the leadership of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and native Pittsburgh environmental champion Rachel Carson. Brinkley’s other books include American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, a New York Times bestseller, Cronkite, which won the Sperber Prize, and The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He has received a Grammy Award for Presidential Suite and seven honorary doctorates in American Studies. His two-volume annotated The Nixon Tapes won the Arthur S. Link – Warren F. Kuehl Prize. Brinkley is a board member of the National Archives Foundation, a member of Council of Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress.