Speaker: Robert Kuttner

kuttnerheadshot_0_0Robert Kuttner is Meyer and Ida Kirstein Professor at Brandeis University’s

Heller School. He is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine,

and a senior fellow at the think-tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for

BusinessWeek, and continues to write columns for The Boston Globe, Huffington

Post, and Reuters. He was a founder of the Economic Policy Institute and serves

on its board.

Kuttner is author of ten books, including the just published Debtors’ Prison and the

2008 New York Times bestseller, Obama’s Challenge: American’s Economic Crisis

and the Power of a Transformative Presidency. His best-known earlier book is

Everything for Sale: the Virtues and Limits of Markets (1997).

His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, The Atlantic,

The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times

Magazine and Book Review, New Statesman, Dissent, Politico, Columbia Journalism

Review and Political Science Quarterly. He has contributed major articles to The New

England Journal of Medicine as a national policy correspondent.

Kuttner’s other positions have included national staff writer and columnist on The

Washington Post, chief investigator of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, and

economics editor of The New Republic.

He is the two-time winner of the Sidney Hillman Journalism Award, the John

Hancock Award for Business and Financial Writing, the Jack London Award for

Labor Writing, and the Paul Hoffman Award of the United Nations Development

Program for his lifetime work on social justice and economic efficiency. He has

been a Guggenheim Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, German Marshall Fund

Fellow, and John F. Kennedy Fellow.

Robert Kuttner was educated at Oberlin College, The London School of

Economics, and the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at

Brandeis, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, Harvard’s Institute

of Politics, and the University of Oregon. He lives in Boston with his wife, Joan

Fitzgerald, dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern.