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Yuval Levin, a former member of the White House domestic policy staff, prolific policy author, and current director with the American Enterprise Institute, joined Sanford on January 1 as the 2024 Egan Visiting Professor. In this role, Levin will take part in a number of public seminars and events throughout the 2024 calendar year, and will also teach a course in the fall of 2024. The Egan Chair is jointly administered by Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, and Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy.

“Yuval continues the Egan tradition of bringing provocative and insightful thinkers to Duke. We’re looking forward to a year of exciting events and engaging conversations," said Phil Napoli, Director of DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, and James R. Shepley, Professor of Public Policy. 

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Yuval Levin

“Yuval is one of the most interesting and profound thinkers who is writing about contemporary American politics today.  Duke is very fortunate to have him on board and our students will quickly appreciate the chance to engage with him," said Peter Feaver, Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy and Sanford Professor of Public Policy. 

Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he also holds the Beth and Ravenel Curry Chair in Public Policy. The founder and editor of National Affairs, he is also a senior editor at The New Atlantis, a contributing editor at National Review, and a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times.

At AEI, Dr. Levin and scholars in the Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies research division study the foundations of self-government and the future of law, regulation, and constitutionalism. They also explore the state of American social, political, and civic life, focusing on the preconditions necessary for family, community, and country to flourish.

Dr. Levin served as a member of the White House domestic policy staff under President George W. Bush. He was also executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics and a congressional staffer at the member, committee, and leadership levels.

In addition to being interviewed frequently on radio and television, Dr. Levin has published essays and articles in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Commentary. He is the author of several books on political theory and public policy, most recently “A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream” (Basic Books, 2020).

He holds an MA and PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.*

The Egan Visiting Professorship is awarded to a journalist, writer, or commentator of appropriate distinction in a field related to the media and contemporary issues. Yuval Levin is the sixth writer to hold the Egan Visiting Professorship. Previous holders include New York Times opinion writer Peter Wehner, Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, New York Times columnist and former senior editor of The Dispatch David French, and, most recently, Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post and Guardian columnist and former New York Times public editor. 

*Portions of biographical information provided by AEI