Robert 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.