William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale Names Inaugural Research Fellow

New Haven, CT – The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale announced today that it has named Alvin S. Felzenberg, Ph.D. as its inaugural Research Fellow. The Program is pleased to support Dr. Felzenberg’s forthcoming biography of William F. Buckley, Jr.

“I am delighted to serve as a Fellow at the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale. This is one of the most exciting programs to emerge in close proximity to a leading university in many years. In 2010, I was privileged to direct a residential college seminar at Yale about one of its most illustrious sons, William F. Buckley, Jr. This fellowship will enable me to build on that experience as I continue to explore the continued impact Bill Buckley exerts on the next generation of our country’s leaders,” said Dr. Felzenberg.

“We are honored to support Professor Felzenberg’s scholarship. Indeed, it is quite fitting that he will serve as our inaugural Research Fellow. His seminar on William F. Buckley, Jr. provided essential inspiration in the creation of the Buckley Program, and he has served as a mentor to our efforts from day one,” added Lauren Noble, the Program’s founder and executive director.

About Alvin S. Felzenberg, Ph.D.

Alvin S. Felzenberg serves as Director of Communications for the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress. He was previously principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission. Felzenberg served in two presidential administrations, held several high-level posts with the U.S. House of Representatives, and, in the 1980s, was New Jersey’s Assistant Secretary of State in the administration of Governor Thomas H. Kean.

He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. Felzenberg has been a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and has taught at Yale, Princeton, Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities. Since 2007, he has been a visiting lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Felzenberg has appeared as a commentator on major public affairs television shows, including CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” and multiple others. His writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, and The Christian Science Monitor. Felzenberg has regularly contributed to National Review Online, USNews.com, and Politico. Among his most recent books are: The Leaders We Deserved and a Few We Didn’t: Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game (Basic Books, 2008) and Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9-11 Commission (Rutgers University Press, 2006). He is currently writing a book about William F. Buckley, Jr.

About the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale

Launched in January 2011, the mission of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale is to promote intellectual diversity on Yale’s campus. Named for National Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr. ’50, the Program offers a speaker series, conferences, Firing Line debates, funded summer internships for Yale undergraduates, and more.

Additional information about the Buckley Program is available at www.buckleyprogram.com.