Joel Schwartz is an adjunct senior fellow at Hudson Institute. He currently also serves as a program officer in the Division of Research Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities and a contributing editor of Philanthropy. Earlier in his career he taught political science at the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, and the University of Virginia; served as executive editor of The Public Interest; and conducted research at the Statistical Assessment Service and the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC.
Schwartz received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, his master’s degree from the University of Toronto, and his doctorate from Harvard University.
Schwartz has published widely in political philosophy and public policy. He is the author of two books—Fighting Poverty with Virtue: Moral Reform and America’s Urban Poor, 1825-2000 (Indiana University Press, 2000) and The Sexual Politics of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (University of Chicago Press, 1984)—and the co-author (with David Murray and S. Robert Lichter) of a third: It Ain’t Necessarily So: How Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001). He has also contributed chapters to books published by the American Enterprise Institute and the National Commission on Philanthropy and Civic Renewal. He has been interviewed about poverty on National Public Radio (Weekend Edition-Saturday) and given talks about poverty at Boston College, the Council on Foundations Annual Meeting, Harvard University, the Hudson Institute, the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, the University of Chicago, the University of Maryland, the University of Toronto, the University of Virginia, and the Urban Institute. Articles and reviews of his have appeared in City Journal, Commentary, The Indianapolis Star, National Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philanthropy, The Public Interest, Society, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, and a number of scholarly journals in political science.