Philip Zelikow

White Burkett Miller Professor of History (1998)

Fields & Specialties

Modern world, 20th century US, American foreign policy

Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and also leads the University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He began his professional career as a trial and appellate lawyer. He was a career diplomat, posted overseas and in Washington, including service on the NSC staff for President George H.W. Bush.  His Ph.D. is from Tufts University.  Since leaving government service in 1991 he has taught and directed research programs at Harvard University and at the University of Virginia. where he directed the Miller Center of Public Affairs from 1998 to 2005.  In addition to service on government advisory boards and as an elected member of a local school board, he has taken two public service leaves from academia to return full-time to government service, in 2003-04 to direct the 9/11 Commission and in 2005-07 as Counselor of the Department of State, a deputy to Secretary Rice.  He also advises the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s program in global development and is a member of President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board.

His books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (Harvard UP, 1995, with Condi Rice); The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis (Norton, rev. ed., 2001, with Ernest May); and Essence of Decision (Longman, rev. ed., 1999, with Graham Allison).