Ted Widmer is a senior fellow at American Progress. He is a historian based at Brown University who writes frequently for The New York Times and The Boston Globe, where he is a monthly columnist. Widmer is the author or editor of seven books, including the definitive anthology of American speeches, a history of youth movements in 19th century New York, and a compilation of the secret White House tape recordings of John F. Kennedy.
From 2010 to 2015, he helped conceive and execute the widely acclaimed series of Civil War essays that appeared in The New York Times—and the book that came from the series. He has served in government twice, as a speechwriter and senior advisor to former President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001 and as a senior advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2012 to 2013. He has taught at Harvard University, Washington College, and Brown, and he is a trustee of the Massachusetts Historical Society.