David B. Woolner

Senior Fellow

David B. Woolner is Senior Fellow and Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Professor of History at Marist College, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College. He is the author of The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace, (Basic Books, 2017), and is editor/co-editor of five books, including Progressivism in America: Past Present and Future (Oxford University Press 2016), FDR’s World: War, Peace and Legacies (Palgrave, 2008); and FDR and the Environment (Palgrave, 2005). A frequent commentator on the links between the past and the present, his media appearances include interviews with CNN, the BBC, Al Jazeera, the History Channel, NPR; CBC Radio, the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His reviews and op-ed pieces have appeared in The Nation.com, Huffington Post, Salnon.com, The Irish Times; The Next New Deal; Truthout.org, Business Insider and other publications. He served as historical advisor to the Ken Burns film The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; the HBO/BBC production, Churchill at War; and for numerous special exhibitions at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. He sits on the Editorial Board of the International History Review, is a member of the Advisory Group to the Churchill Archives Project, has been Visiting Associate Professor at Bard College, and has remained a member of the faculty of the Bard Prison Initiative since 2011. His numerous academic awards include the Mary Ball Washington Chair in American History, at University College Dublin (2016-2017); the Roosevelt Fellowship at University College Roosevelt, in Middelburg, the Netherlands (Spring 2016); the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Roosevelt Study Center, also in Middelburg (2010); and an Archives Bi-Fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge (2007).

From 2000-2010, 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 Ph. D. and M.A. in history from McGill University and a B.A. summa cum laude in English Literature and History from the University of Minnesota.