Bard Faculty

David Woolner

Visiting Professor of Historical Studies

Primary Academic Program: Historical Studies


BA, University of Minnesota; MA, PhD, McGill University. David Woolner is Senior Fellow and Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Senior Fellow at Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), and faculty member of the Bard Prison Initiative. He is the author of The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace (Basic Books, 2017) and editor or coeditor of Progressivism in America: Past, Present, and Future (Oxford University Press, 2016); FDR’s World: War, Peace, and Legacies (Palgrave, 2008); and FDR and the Environment (Palgrave, 2005). His reviews and op-ed pieces have appeared in the, Huffington Post, Salon, Irish Times, Business Insider, and other publications. Woolner served as historical adviser to Ken Burns for The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and for the HBO/BBC production, Churchill at War. He currently serves on the editorial board of the International History Review. Academic awards include a fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge; Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg, the Netherlands; and the Mary Ball Washington Chair in American History at University College Dublin. At Bard: 2012–13; 2018– .