Institute of Politics

James Bennet

Former Editor of The New York Times Editorial Page & Editor-In-Chief of The Atlantic

  • Fall 2020 Pritzker Fellow

  • Seminar Series: "The World"


James Bennet was most recently the editorial page editor of The New York Times. During his four-year tenure, Times Opinion won two Pulitzer Prizes, including its first such award for editorial writing in more than 20 years. It increased its original reporting, expanded its range of views, and undertook new initiatives in video, audio and data journalism.

Before joining The Times, Bennet was editor in chief and co-president of The Atlantic. Under Bennet, who was named editor in 2006, The Atlantic substantially increased its editorial reach and impact while returning to profitability for the first time in recent history.  Adweek and Ad Age named Bennet editor of the year in 2012 and 2009 respectively, and the magazine was honored with the National Magazine Award four times during his tenure, including Magazine of the Year and best website, for

Before joining The Atlantic, Bennet worked for The Times for 15 years in several roles, including Detroit bureau chief, White House correspondent, and Jerusalem bureau chief, a role in which he covered the second Intifada. He also served as staff writer for the Sunday Magazine. Before joining the Times, Bennet was an editor with The Washington Monthly. He and his wife have two sons.


"The World"

From climate change to the resurgence of authoritarianism, the crisis in multilateralism to China's assertiveness on the world stage, this seminar series will examine some of the biggest global challenges awaiting the next administration. We will first consider how these developments look from outside the borders of the US - from the perspectives of journalists who have covered them and officials have sought to manage them - before turning to the question of what America's broad goals in foreign policy should be, and how it might pursue them. 

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