MacArthur Fellows Program

Paul Berman

Journalist | Class of 1991

New York, New York
42 at time of award
Published July 1, 1991

About Paul's Work

Paul Berman is a political and cultural critic and a journalist.

His political writings discuss the meaning of liberty and rebellion.  In his cultural criticism, he examines a variety of topics from nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.  Berman’s journalism has covered the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, politics in Mexico, the fate of the Velvet Underground in the Czech Republic, and many other subjects.  He is the author of A Tale of Two Utopias: The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968 (1996), Terror and Liberalism (2003), and Power and Idealism (2005).  He is also the editor of two anthologies, Debating P.C.: The Controversy Over Political Correctness on College Campuses (1992) and Blacks and Jews (1994).


Berman’s essays and reviews appear in Dissent, the New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, Letras Libras, and many other journals.  He worked for many years as a book and drama critic at the Village Voice and was the drama critic at The Nation.

Berman received a B.A. (1971) from Columbia College and an M.A. (1974) from Columbia University.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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