Leonard Steinhorn

Leonard Steinhorn, a professor in the School of Communication, has taught at American University since 1995 and is recognized as a leading expert on American politics, culture, and media. He's the author of the widely discussed and much debated book on the baby boom generation, The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, which was published in 2006 by St. Martin's Press (paperback published in March 2007). He is also co-author of By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race (Dutton), and his writings have appeared in various books and journals as well as the The Washington Post, Salon.com, International Herald Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Constitution, Newsday, Seattle Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun-Times, Charlotte Observer, Sacramento Bee, Insight Magazine, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, among many others. He’s a frequent contributor and board member of HistoryNewsNetwork.org, a history and politics internet magazine, and has served as a contributing editor for TomPaine.com. In 2007, he was featured as a baby boom expert in the PBS documentary, Boomer Century.
Steinhorn, who teaches political communication, media studies, public relations strategy, and courses on the modern presidency, was twice named AU Faculty Member of the Year, in 1999 and 2001. His AU course on the 2000 presidential election was covered weekly by CNN, and his similar course in 2004 was covered by the NBC affiliate in Washington, DC. He currently serves as Director of the School of Communication’s Public Communication Division. Steinhorn is also an Affiliate Professor of History at AU, and from 2002-2004 he served as president of AU’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
Steinhorn regularly speaks at meetings and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Sorbonne, Prague’s historic Charles University, and Slovenia’s University of Ljubljana, and recently he was asked by AARP to join their 2011 Council, a group of prominent Americans tasked to examine the role of baby boomers in American life.
Steinhorn is a regular political commentator for the Washington, DC FOX-5 News, and he is quoted and interviewed regularly in both print and broadcast media, with appearances on the CBS Evening News, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC TV, Canadian TV, PBS, NPR, Air America, among others. Before coming to AU, he spent nearly 15 years as a political consultant and speechwriter for various campaigns, non-profit organizations, and members of Congress.