Bard Faculty

Daniel Akst

Visiting Instructor in the Humanities


BA, University of Pennsylvania; graduates studies, New York University. Daniel Akst is an author, critic, editor, and teacher who has been a columnist for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Newsday. At the New York Times, he wrote a monthly column for the Sunday business section as well as pieces for the Arts and Leisure section and Sunday magazine. As a reporter, columnist, and assistant business editor at the Los Angeles Times, he launched and ran the paper’s technology coverage. He has served as contributing editor at the Wilson Quarterly; covered the environment beat for the Record in Bergen County, New Jersey; and published articles in numerous other newspapers and journals, including the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Fortune, Money, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Smithsonian, and Village Voice. His short fiction and humor have appeared in the Missouri Review,, and Los Angeles Times Magazine. Akst is also the author of We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess (2010); The Webster Chronicle (2001); St. Burl’s Obituary (1996); and Wonder Boy (1990), which chronicled the rise and fall of teenage entrepreneur Barry Minkow and was named one of the year’s 10 best books by Business Week. He previously taught writing for the Bard Prison Initiative and created the Multiplier Effect blog for the Levy Economics Institute. At Bard: Fall 2018.