University at Albany, State University of New York
Contact UAlbany Directories Calendars & Schedules Visitors Site Index Search
Admissions Academics Research IT Services Libraries Athletics



News Release


Expert on Historical Analysis of Contemporary Political Problems, 20th Century American Political History Available to Discuss California Recall Effort

Contact: Heidi Weber (518) 437-4980 or Karl Luntta (518) 265-4114, cell

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 13, 2003) -- With the number of potential candidates in the California gubernatorial election closing in on 250, many Americans, including Californians who are faced with the prospect of choosing a publisher of X-rated magazines or a bodybuilder-turned-actor, among many others, are perplexed by the political process that brought it to this.

Julian Zelizer, University at Albany associate professor of Public Administration and Policy, specializes in drawing on historical analysis to tackle and explain contemporary politics. He teaches U.S. history courses on the historiography of political history, the state in the twentieth century, and public policy since the New Deal.

Zelizer, a historian, is currently writing a book about congressional reform since WWII (Cambridge University Press), editing The Reader's Companion to the American Congress (Houghton Mifflin) and co-editing The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History (Princeton University Press).

He regularly contributes to the radio show Talking History and has appeared frequently on television as a political expert. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Times Union (Albany, N.Y.).

Zelizer received his B.A. in History from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in History from the Johns Hopkins University.

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

News Releases  News & Information  |  Top

University at Albany Home Page

Contact UAlbany | Directories | Calendars | Visitors | Site Index | Search
Admissions | Academics | Research | IT Services | Libraries | Athletics