Allen Guelzo

Jack Miller Center Academic Advisory Council Member
Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Research Scholar and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University

Allen C. Guelzo is a best-selling author, American historian, and commentator on public issues. He has been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” and “Morning Edition” (with Steve Inskeep) and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (2008). In 2010, he was nominated for a Grammy Award along with David Straithern and Richard Dreyfuss for their production of the entirety of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates (BBC Audio). 

He is Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Research Scholar and Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship. Previously, he was the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College. He holds the MA and PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Among his many award-winning publications, he is the author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Wm.Eerdmans, 1999); Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004); Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America (Simon & Schuster, 2008)  and Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (in the Oxford University Press ‘Very Short Introductions’ series. In 2013 his Gettysburg: The Last Invasion spent eight weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His most recent publications are Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy and the American Experiment and Voices from Gettysburg: Letters, Papers and Memoirs from the Civil War’s Greatest Battle (both 2024). 

Research interests:
Abraham Lincoln
American intellectual history
American Civil War Era