Steven Pearlstein, a Pulitzer-prize winning business and economics columnist for the Washington Post, joined the GMU faculty as Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs in the fall of 2011. His route to university teaching has been an unconventional one. After several years as a reporter for small newspapers in New Hampshire, he moved to Washington to serve as administrative assistant to members of the House and Senate. He was a TV reporter for public television in Boston, senior editor at Inc. magazine, and founding editor and publisher of The Boston Observer, a monthly political magazine. He returned to Washington in 1988 as deputy business editor and, over the next two decades, also served as the Post’s defense industry reporter, economics writer and Canadian correspondent. He became an opinion columnist in 2003, with a wide-ranging interest in business and economic topics of local, national and international interest.
Professor Pearlstein was awarded the Gerald R. Loeb Award for commentary in 2007 and the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2008 for columns the previous year anticipating and explaining the recent financial crisis and global economic downturn. In 2011 he won the Gerald R. Loeb Award for lifetime achievement in business and financial journalism. His work has also been cited by the Society of Business Editors and Writers. He has appeared frequently as a commentator on national television and radio programs. He continues to write a regular column for the Post, the Post’s leadership web site, On Leadership, and Ezra Klein’s wonkblog.
At GMU, Professor Pearlstein will focus on teaching basic principles of economics and economic policy and exploring new ways to improve the economic literacy of undergraduates who are not economics majors. He will also teach a freshman reading and writing course in the Honors College.
Professor Pearlstein grew up in Brookline, Mass. and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. in 1973 with a B.A. in American Studies. He is a former moderator of West Newbury, Mass. and a director of the Washington Tennis and Educational Foundation. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Wendy Gray. He has two grown children, Laura and Eli.
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In his most recent piece for the Washington Post, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs Steven Pearlstein discusses recent developments in the Irish economy and its future potential. Read the whole article here.
Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs Steven Pearlstein asks the provocative question “Is Capitalism Mora?” in a piece for the Washington Post. You can read his answer here.
As the superiority of American Capitalism is being question by people everywhere, Steven Pearlstein examines the opinions of thinkers across the political spectrum to find a larger vision for American Capitalism and, in the process, save it from itself. Read the whole article here.
This summer, Professor Pearlstein was interviewed by the Mason News Desk about his first year of teaching at Mason. From the interview: “You’re a full-time professor but you still do a demanding column for the Washington Post, a job many would find full-time in itself. How do you manage the time? I’m not a good […]
On Monday, April 16th, Professor Pearlstein gave the annual Gortner Lecture. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Public and International Affairs. Every year, PIA honors a professional active in the field of public affairs and asks him or her to share insights with the Mason community. Professor Pearlstein gave a talk on “The […]
Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel, one of the architects of the Obama health reform plan, spoke on “How Obamacare Will Save American Healthcare,” on Monday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. The lecture was sponsored by the Department of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics. Emanuel […]
Professor Pearlstein reviewed Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar in the Washington Post. Click here to read the review.
The Robinson Professors’ Program is excited to announce that Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, will be joining Mason’s faculty as Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs to start teaching classes in Fall 2011. Pearlstein will teach classes involving economics, public affairs, and the media, while continuing to write a weekly […]
The newest Robinson Professor, Steven Pearlstein, is scheduled to teach his first course this fall: Government 319:001 Issues in Government and Politics: Money, Markets and Economic Policy No prerequisite. Applies basic economic concepts to an examination of fundamental issues facing the U.S. and global economies. Explores the way markets work, the reasons they sometimes fail […]