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Benjamin Claudius Schwarz, American Journalist. Fulbright scholar, 1986-1988; Mellon fellow, 1988. Member Council Foreign Rels., Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association. M C.


Schwarz, Benjamin Claudius was born on October 20, 1963 in New York City. Son of Alan Schwarz and Helen Lee.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1985;Master of Arts, Yale University, 1988.


From 2000 to 2013 he was literary and national editor of the American monthly magazine The Atlantic. He is currently consulting editor at large at Yale University Press and the national editor of The American Conservative magazine. He has written articles, essays, and reviews on an array of subjects—from fashion to the American South, from current fiction to the archaeology, from national security to architecture, from the history of slavery to the history of childhood, and from international economics to Hollywood.

Before joining the Atlantic's staff, Schwarz was a national correspondent for the magazine. From 1995 to 2000 he wrote a series of provocative essays and reported articles that argued for a far more diminished global role for the United States. He also wrote a series of pieces on historical and literary subjects.

From 1995 to 1998 Schwarz was the executive editor of World Policy Journal, where his chief mission was to bolster the coverage of cultural issues, international economics, and military affairs. For several years he was a foreign policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he researched and wrote on American global strategy, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and military doctrine. At RAND Schwarz wrote a widely cited and highly critical assessment of American counterinsurgency doctrine and practice.

Schwarz ran, and wrote a regular column for, the Atlantic's and Critics department, which under his editorship expanded its coverage to include popular culture and manners and mores, as well as books and ideas. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Schwarz had "reshaped the venerable magazine's book section into the shrewdest, best-written and most surprising cultural report currently on offer between slick covers." The writers he recruited to the section included Perry Anderson, Caitlin Flanagan, Sandra Tsing Loh, Christopher Hitchens, Cristina Nehring, Joseph O'Neill, Terry Castle, Clive James, and B. R. Myers. Articles in Schwarz's section were National Magazine Award finalists or winners in the Criticism category from 2000 to 2009.

The Columbia Journalism Review described Schwarz as "the magazine's in-house intellectual." He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Yale, where he held the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. Schwarz was a Fulbright scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is writing a biography of Winston Churchill, to be published by Random House.


  • In 1999 Schwarz won the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle.


Member Council Foreign Rels., Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association. M C.


Married Christina Marie Meyer, August 19, 1962.

Alan Schwarz

Helen Lee

Christina Marie Meyer