William Galston holds the Ezra Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow. He is also College Park Professor at the University of Maryland, where previously he was Saul Stern Professor and acting dean at the School of Public Policy, director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, and founding director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). William served from 1998 to 2000 as executive director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal, co-chaired by William Bennett and Sam Nunn. He participated in six presidential campaigns, and was deputy assistant to President Clinton for domestic policy from 1993 to 1995. William is the author of eight books and more than 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics. His most recent books are Public Matters (2005) and The Practice of Liberal Pluralism (2004). William has appeared on all the principal television networks and is a frequent commentator on NPR. He writes a weekly column, The Vital Center, for the online edition of The New Republic. William earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Chicago.