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William Galston
Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution

William A. Galston holds the Ezra Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a Senior Fellow. He is also College Park Professor at the University of Maryland. Prior to January 2006 he was Saul Stern Professor at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, and founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

From 1993 until 1995 Galston served as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy, where he had principal responsibility for education policy, among other assignments. His political activities include service as issues director for Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign (1982-1984), as a senior advisor to Albert Gore, Jr.’s run for the Democratic presidential nomination (1988) and again as a senior advisor to Gore’s presidential campaign (1999-2000).

Galston is the author of eight books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics. His most recent books are Liberal Pluralism. (Cambridge, 2002), The Practice of Liberal Pluralism. (Cambridge, 2004), and Public Matters. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). He is a member the Editorial Board of the recently founded quarterly journal, Democracy. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Galston serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the National Endowment for Democracy, the Council for Excellence in Government, and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

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