Dr. William A. Galston
University of Maryland
"Pluralism and the Limits of Politics"
May 7, 2002
William Galston is Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland at College Park, and Director of the University's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. He is also serving as the founding director of CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Professor Galston received his B.A. form Cornell University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
From January 1993 through May 1995 Professor Galston was on leave from the University serving as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy. In that capacity he represented the White House in policy and legislative activities in the areas of education, children and families, and he helped develop the legislation establishing AmeriCorps.
Professor Galston is author of six books and nearly one hundred articles dealing with political and moral philosophy, American politics, and public policy. His related professional activities include membership on the editorial boards of five journals, including the American Political Science Review. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association's governing Council.
Professor Galston's voluntary sector activities include service as executive director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal and as chair of the task force on religion and public values of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. He co-organized the National Alliance for Civic Education and is a member of the Aspen Institute's bipartisan Domestic Strategy Group.
Professor Galston's prior political involvement includes service as chief speechwriter for John Anderson's National Unity campaign (1980), as Issues Director for Walter Mondale's presidential campaign (1982-1984), and as a senior advisor to Senator Al Gore's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination (1988). Since 1989 he has served as a senior advisor to the Democratic Leadership Council and the Progressive Policy Institute.