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Thomas J. Whalen

Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Boston University

Thomas J. Whalen is an Associate Professor of Social Science at Boston University and author of "Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race."

Whalen’s latest book, "A Higher Purpose: Profiles in Presidential Courage," resurrects Truman and eight other American leaders and the moments that defined their political careers, using John F. Kennedy’s 1955 best seller, "Profiles in Courage," as a touchstone.

An expert in modern American politics, American foreign policy, and the American presidency, Whalen’s expert commentary has appeared in The New York Times,, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the AP. He has also appeared on several national broadcast outlets, including CNN, NPR, and Reuters TV.

His teaching interests include 19th and 20th century American social and political history, the Cold War, and modern foreign policy.

His research interests include modern American politics, presidential leadership, Boston history, and sport and American society.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Boston University