Former Atlantic editor named consulting editor at Yale Press

Benjamin Schwarz, a Yale alumnus who was the literary and national editor for the Atlantic from 2000 to early 2013, has been appointed as consulting editor at the Yale University Press. Based in Los Angeles, he will acquire books in the areas of history, biography, and cultural affairs.

During his tenure at the Atlantic, Schwarz edited and wrote for a review and commentary section known for its breadth and sophistication — what Los Angeles Timescalled “the shrewdest, best-written, and most surprising cultural report currently on offer between slick covers.”Among the notable authors Schwarz brought to and worked with at the Atlantic are Christopher Hitchens, B. R. Myers, Caitlin Flanagan, Perry Anderson, and Clive James. 

Before joining the Atlantic, Schwarz was executive editor of World Policy Journal. For several years he was a foreign policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and also a staff member at the Brookings Institution.

Schwarz has written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, National Interest, and The Nation. His book criticism earned him the 1999 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He is currently completing a biography of Winston Churchill, to be published by Random House.

Schwarz earned a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Yale University, where he held the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. Schwarz was also a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University.

John Donatich, director of Yale University Press, said: “Ben’s broad intellectual curiosities and deep editorial experience have made him a widely admired visionary able to bring new voices to bear on big ideas. These skills excite the imagination of what Ben will bring to the Yale list.”

Schwarz said: “Ever since I was in high school (maybe sad, but true!), Yale University Press has been my favorite publisher. In fact, Yale Press was one of the chief reasons I chose to attend Yale College (maybe even sadder, but equally true). My 13 years as a book review editor and my nearly two decades as a book critic deeply confirmed that judgment. To my mind, no other publisher matches the sophistication of Yale’s editorial vision, the elegance of its products, and its sheer good taste, intellectual and aesthetic. I’m honored to be able to contribute to its efforts.”

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