Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin attended New York City public schools, where he graduated as valedictorian of the Bronx High School of Science. He holds degrees in three different subjects: mathematics (B.A., Harvard), political science (M.A., Michigan), and sociology (Ph.D., Berkeley). Along the way, he became a political activist in the New Left of the 1960s, contributed to the so-called underground press, and began to write books.


Gitlin's newest book is "Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street" (April 2012.) Gitlin's two previous books are, "The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election" (with Liel Leibovitz, Journalism M. S. and Communications Ph.D., September 2010, Simon & Schuster); and a novel, "Undying,” (Counterpoint, 2011). Other works include 12 books, chiefly on media and recent America:" Uptown: Poor Whites in Chicago" (co-author, 1970); "The Whole World is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the Left" (1980); "Inside Prime Time" (1983); "The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage" (1987); "The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America is Wracked by Culture Wars" (1995); "Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives" (2002); "Letters To a Young Activist" (2003); "The Intellectuals and the Flag" (2006); and most recently, "The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Of Identities and Ideals in the Uproar of American Politics" (John Wiley, September 2007). He has also written a book of poetry, "Busy Being Born" (1974), and two additional novels: "The Murder of Albert Einstein" (1992) and "Sacrifice" (1999), the latter of which won the Harold U. Ribalow Prize for novels on Jewish themes. His books have been translated into many languages.


He contributes to many newspapers and magazines, lectures frequently in the United States and abroad, is a member of the editorial board of Dissent,and is online regularly at Tablet, Tomdispatch, Dissent and

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Recent Posts by Todd Gitlin

  • When Division Is the Norm: Gitlin's Protest Tips

    What should journaists know and think about when reporting on democratic protest? As the Hong Kong protests continue with signs of confusion and questions of leadership, author and former activist Todd Gitlin offers insights for reporters covering protests and social movements, where leadership, goals, and perspectives can be challenging to understand.  

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