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Adam Wolfson

Adam Wolfson is director of research at the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 2005 to 2006, he was a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a consulting editor of Commentary magazine. Before that, he was the final editor of The Public Interest.

His essays and reviews have appeared in the American Scholar, Commentary, National Review, The New Atlantis, The Public Interest, Policy Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, and elsewhere. He is co-editor with Joao Carlos Espada and Marc F. Plattner of The Liberal Tradition in Focus. A former consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics, he has also served as a lecturer in political science at DePaul University, the University of Chicago, and Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Science Advanced Academic Programs.


In The New Atlantis


Science, Technology, and The Public Interest

Number 9 ~ Summer 2005

Getting Serious About IVF

Number 5 ~ Spring 2004

Why Conservatives Care About Biotechnology

Number 2 ~ Summer 2003

Other Publications


  • “Occupy Common Ground,” Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2012
  • “Greenspan Shrugged,” The American Interest, March/April 2009
  • “The Dark Side of 'Charisma',” Wall Street Journal, February 17. 2007
  • “Survival of the Evolution Debate,” The Weekly Standard, January 16, 2006
  • “Between Idealism and Realism,” Claremont Review of Books, Summer 2005
  • “About the public interest” The Public Interest Spring 2005
  • “The Two Faces of Liberalism,” The Weekly Standard October 18, 2004
  • “A Sovereign Nation?” The Weekly Standard, September 13, 2004
  • “9/11 and All That,” The Weekly Standard, April 26, 2004
  • “Conservatives and neoconservatives,” The Public Interest, Winter 2004
  • “The Martin Luther King we remember,” The Public Interest, Summer 2003
  • “What Makes a Difference,” Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2003
  • “Honor's Call,” Claremont Review of Books, Winter 2002
  • “Postmodern religion,” The Public Interest, Summer 2002
  • “Biodemocracy in America,” The Public Interest Winter 2002
  • “More Like Nazis than Commies,” The Weekly Standard, November 21, 2001
  • “The costs and benefits of cost-benefit analysis,” The Public Interest, Fall 2001
  • “The Love of Power,” The Weekly Standard, June 25, 2001
  • “Politics in a Brave New World.” The Public Interest Winter 2001
  • “Still Marching,” The Weekly Standard, June 5, 2000
  • “The Private Interest,” The Weekly Standard, March 27, 2000
  • “Statesmen wanted,” The Public Interest Spring 2000
  • “A Rabbi to Remember,” Wall Street Journal, November 12, 1999
  • “Apocalypse Now?” The Weekly Standard, July 26, 1999
  • “What remains of toleration?” The Public Interest Winter 1999
  • “Killing off the dying?” The Public Interest, Spring 1998
  • “Libertarian Nation,” The Weekly Standard, January 27, 1997
  • “Individualism: new and old,” The Public Interest, Winter 1997
  • “Speaking Too Freely,” The Weekly Standard, December 24, 1995
  • “Liberalism redux,” The Public Interest Spring 1995