Yuval Levin (born April 6, 1977)[1] is an American political analyst, public intellectual, academic, and journalist. He is the founding editor of National Affairs (2009–present), director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute[2] (2019–present), a contributing editor of National Review (2007–present) and co-founder and a senior editor of The New Atlantis (2003–present).

Yuval Levin
A man with close-cropped, receding hair, wearing a suite, looking intently slightly to his right. He is sitting at a table with a microphone against a blue, repeating ARI logo.
Born (1977-04-06) April 6, 1977 (age 42)
EducationAmerican University (BA)
University of Chicago (MA, PhD)
Notable work
The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Left and Right (2013)

Levin was vice president and Hertog Fellow of Ethics and Public Policy Center (2007–19), executive director of the President's Council on Bioethics (2001–04), Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy (2004–07) and contributing editor to The Weekly Standard (1995–2018). Prior to that he served as a congressional staffer at the member, committee, and leadership levels.

Levin's essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and others. He is the author of several books on political theory and public policy, most recently “The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism” (Basic Books, 2016). In early 2020, he will publish his next book, “A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream” (Basic Books).

Early life and educationEdit

Levin was born in Haifa, Israel, and moved to the United States with his family at the age of eight.[3] He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at American University, and earned a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.


Levin is the author of four books, and of numerous essays and articles dealing largely with political theory, science, technology, and public policy. On the relationship between political theory and public policy, Levin has said:

For me, these things are very deeply connected. I think politics really is rooted in political philosophy, is much better understood when it's understood in light of political philosophy. And that a lot of the policy debates we have make much more sense if you see that people are arguing about two ways of understanding what the human person is, what human society is, and especially what the liberal society is. The left and right in our country are both liberal, they both believe in the free society, but they mean something very different by that.[4]

Conservatism, Levin has said, "understands society not as just individuals and government, but thinks of it in terms of everything that happens in between. That huge space between the individual and the state is where society actually is. And that's where families are, it's where communities are, it's where the market economy is." [5]

Levin has been called "probably the most influential conservative intellectual of the Obama era",[6] while The New Republic has dubbed Levin "the right's new Irving Kristol".[3]


  • Levin, Yuval (2001). Tyranny of Reason: The Origins and Consequences of the Social Scientific Outlook. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. ISBN 9780761818724. OCLC 45087346.
  • Levin, Yuval (2008). Imagining the Future: Science and American Democracy. New York: Encounter Books. ISBN 9781594033308. OCLC 503444967.
  • Yuval, Levin (2014). The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 9780465050970. OCLC 858672374.
  • Yuval, Levin (2016). The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 9780465061969. OCLC 945121355.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Yuval Levin". American Enterprise Institute - AEI. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  3. ^ a b Tracy, Mark (March 25, 2013). "Baby Kristol". The New Republic. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Levin, Yuval. "Conversations with Bill Kristol". Conversations with Bill Kristol. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  5. ^ Levin, Yuval. "Conversations with Bill Kristol (transcript)". Conversations with Bill Kristol. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  6. ^ Chait, Jonathan. "The Facts Are In and Paul Ryan Is Wrong". New York. Retrieved 10 May 2013.

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