Todd Gitlin is a graduate of New York public schools, including Bronx High School of Science. He received a BA from Harvard (Mathematics), MA Michigan (Political Science), PhD Berkeley (Sociology). He is currently professor of Journalism and Sociology, Chair, Ph. D. Program in Communications, Columbia University.
Author of 15 books, including works on social movements, recent history, and media (The Whole World Is Watching; The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage; Media Unlimited; Occupy Nation), and 3 novels, most recently, Undying. Host of newly developing radio/podcast series "Listen In." He formerly professed at Berkeley, NYU. Contributor to many magazines and newspapers, lecturer in many countries.
Todd held chair in American Civilization, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Bosch Fellow in Public Policy, American Academy, Berlin;, Bellagio Study Center, Italy; Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, California; fellow at Media Studies Center, New York; visiting professor at Yale University, University of Oslo, University of Toronto, Gonzaga University, East China Normal University in Shanghai, Institut Supérieur des Langues de Tunis in Tunisia, American University of Cairo, Université de Neuchatel (Switzerland).
Onetime president of Students for a Democratic Society, organizer of first demonstration against US bank loans to apartheid South Africa. More recently, active in alumni wing of movement to get Harvard University to divest from fossil fuel corporations.