About Jeffrey Scheuer

  • Writes mainly about politics, media, and history, and is the author of The Sound Bite Society: How Television Helps the Right and Hurts the Left (NY: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1999; Routledge NY, 2001). Named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, the magazine of research libraries, in 2000. For a summary of the book, please see www.thesoundbitesociety.com or The Television Thing, a 1995 article in Dissent Magazine on which it is based.
  • Is the author, most recently, of The Big Picture: Why Democracies Need Journalistic Excellence (Routledge NY, 2007). More information on this page.
  • Series Editor on Democracy and the News, Praeger Publishers, (2005-2008)
  • Essays, articles, reviews and commentary:
  • Dissent
  • The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
  • Gettysburg Review
  • Potomac Review
  • New York History
  • New England Review
  • Wilson Quarterly
  • Philosophy Now
  • Hudson Valley Magazine
  • Private Pilot
  • Swarthmore College Bulletin
  • The New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Baltimore Sun
  • Atlanta Constitution
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Quincy Patriot Ledger
  • Vineyard Gazette
  • Contributed six articles to the Encyclopedia of New York City, and two articles to the Dictionary of American Biography.
  • Adjunct instructor, Spring 2003 in the Dept. of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, teaching a course on “Media and Ideology.”
  • A.B., cum laude, Swarthmore College, 1975.  Major in philosophy
  • M.Sc., The London School of Economics & Political Science, 1977.  History of Political Thought
  •  M.S., Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, 1978.
  •  Graduate work in philosophy, Columbia University, 1982-1984.
  • Served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations including the Loka Institute, a think tank studying democratic uses of technology; American Near East Refugee Aid in Washington, D.C. (1999-2003); University Settlement, the first and oldest social settlement in America (1986-1990), see “Legacy of Light: University Settlement’s First Century.”  Currently on the boards of the Chester Fund, supporting the Chester Upland School of the Arts (Chester, PA) and Symphony Space.
  • Licensed private pilot with a seaplane rating.
  • Two children