Alvin S. Felzenberg

Alvin S. Felzenberg was the principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission. He served in two presidential administrations, held several high level staff positions at the U.S. House of Representatives, and, in the 1980’s, and served as New Jersey’s Assistant Secretary of State. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. Felzenberg has been a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Garwood Visiting Professor in Politics at Princeton University.

Felzenberg currently teaches at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, and the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He has appeared as a commentator on major public affairs television shows, including CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Felzenberg’s writings have appeared in the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, National Review Online and elsewhere. His most recent books include The Leaders We Deserved and a Few We Didn’t: Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game (Basic Books, 2008) and Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9-11 Commission (Rutgers University Press, 2006). His article, “Calvin Coolidge and Race: His Record in Dealing with Racial Relations in the 1920’s” appears in the New England Journal of History, Volume 55, No. 1, Fall, 1988, pp. 83-96.