Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Ted Widmer

Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs


Ted Widmer has been both a policy advisor and a historian.  In the former capacity, he served as Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton (1997-2001), and as Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2012-2014).  In the latter capacity, he was the Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University (2006-2012) and has taught many classes in Brown’s History Department (2013 to present).     


Frequent articles in New York Times (example: “Will This Be a Four-Party Election?,” New York Times, September 18, 2016

Column in Boston Globe (example: “The Justice of Louis Brandeis,” May 11, 2016

Editor, The New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War (Oxford University Press, fall 2016)

Brown: The History of an Idea (Thames and Hudson, 2015)

Ark of the Liberties: America and the World (Hill and Wang, 2008)

Martin Van Buren (Times Books, 2004)

American Speeches (two-volume compilation, Library of America (2006)

Young America:  The Flowering of Democracy in New York City (Oxford University Press, 1999)


Spring 2017: History 1979G, The Unwinding: A History of the 1990s

News|Recent News

Draining the Swamp (written by Ted Widmer)

January 19, 2017 The New Yorker

Ted Widmer, Senior Fellow, in The New Yorker, "There are moments in a hard-fought campaign when a catchy cluster of words can suddenly bubble up from the depths, a shiny new lily pad."