Thomas Whalen, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Science
Thomas J. Whalen is an associate professor of social science at Boston University and author of Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race. Whalen’s latest book, A Higher Purpose: Profiles in Presidential Courage, resurrects Truman and eight other American leaders and the moments that defined their political careers, using John F. Kennedy’s 1955 best-seller, Profiles in Courage, as a touchstone. An expert in modern American politics, American foreign policy, and the American presidency, Whalen’s expert commentary has appeared in the New York Times, ABCNews.com, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the AP. He has also appeared on several national broadcast outlets including CNN, NPR, and Reuters TV.
Areas of Expertise:
- modern American politics and culture
- American foreign policy
- the American presidency
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