David B. Woolner

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Resident Hyde Park Historian


Dr. David B. Woolner is Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Senior Fellow of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College, and Associate Professor of History at Marist College. A specialist in U.S. foreign and economic policy under Franklin D. Roosevelt, he is co-editor with Warren Kimball and David Reynolds of FDR’s World: War, Peace and Legacies (Palgrave, 2008); with Henry Henderson of FDR and the Environment (Palgrave, 2005); and with Richard Kurial of FDR, the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church in America, 1933-1945 (Palgrave, 2003). He is the editor of The Second Quebec Conference Revisited: Waging War, Formulating Peace; Canada, Great Britain and the United States in 1944-1945 (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 1998), and is the author of a book entitled Searching for Cooperation in a Troubled World: Cordell Hull, Anthony Eden and Anglo-American Relations, 1933-1938.
In the spring of 2012, he was Visiting Associate Professor of History at Bard College and remains a member of the faculty of the Bard Prison Initiative. He serves on the Editorial Board of the International History Review, and in the fall of 2010, held the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, the Netherlands, where he remains an Honorary Fellow. In 2007, Dr. Woolner was elected an Archives By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, where he was in residence for the Michaelmas Term.
From 2000 to 2010, Dr. Woolner served as the Roosevelt Institute’s Executive Director, overseeing a significant expansion of the organization’s budget, programmatic dimension, and staff. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from McGill University, and a B.A. summa cum laude in English Literature and History from the University of Minnesota.