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Bruce Shapiro

Contributing Editor

Bruce Shapiro, a contributing editor to The Nation, is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a global resource center and think tank for journalists covering violence, conflict and tragedy.

He has been described as one of the most “sharp and thoughtful” (Washington Post), “perceptive” (Slate) and “nuanced” (Village Voice) analysts on the contemporary American scene.

Shapiro began his career on the fertile journalistic and political terrain of Chicago in the 1970s, where he was a founding editor of the radical magazine Haymarket. He was later co-founder and editor of the New Haven Independent, a weekly newspaper devoted to innovative grassroots muckraking. From 1991-1995 Shapiro was director of The Nation Institute’s Supreme Court Watch, a civil liberties watchdog.

Shapiro has written extensively on civil liberties and human rights. For The Nation, Shapiro has reported since 1981 on subjects ranging from the psychopolitics of cults to the privatization of public schools, and dissected national events from the nomination of Clarence Thomas to Bush Administration war crimes.

Shapiro is co-author of Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America’s Future, with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (New Press), praised by Washington Post Book World for “intellectual clarity” which “might convince even the strongest supporters that the machinery of death has run its course.” His most recent book is Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America (Nation Books), called “vibrant and pertinent” by Columbia Journalism Review.

Since 1994 Shapiro has taught investigative journalism at Yale University. He contributes a weekly report on American politics and culture to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Late Night Live.


  • World Leaders December 31, 2006

    Rule of Noose

    Justice and reconciliation for the victims of Saddam Hussein will not be found at the end of a hangman's rope.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Political Figures November 8, 2006

    Lost in Connecticut

    Joe Lieberman won an idiosyncratic victory. He holds his seat despite his relentless support for Iraq, rather than because of it.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Political Figures October 20, 2006

    Lamont vs. Lieberman, Round 2

    Lamont now lags behind Liebermans, but the Connecticut electorate is so volatile that the outcome is far from certain.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Politics August 9, 2006

    Say Goodnight, Joe

    Without a motivated base, fundraising capacity or resonant message, Joe Lieberman is now in free-fall, lacking the strength and credibility to run as an independent.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Law June 30, 2006

    A President Rebuked

    The Supreme Court's Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision is to Bush what the Pentagon Papers were to Nixon: a devastating rebuke of a President who thought he had a blank check and a clear affirmation of human rights and the rule of law.

    Bruce Shapiro

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  • Death Penalty June 28, 2006

    A Killing Machine Turns 30

    This summer marks a grim anniversary of a Supreme Court decision to affirm the death penalty and create a bureaucratic killing machine that puts American justice at odds with the Constitution's underlying values.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Politics May 24, 2006

    The Wiretapping Tango

    The NSA surveillance scandal raises questions about whether phone companies will become pawns of an Administration bent on expanding its power.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Death Penalty May 4, 2006

    The Moussaoui Paradox

    Justice triumphed over blood vengeance Wednesday as jurors declined to sentence a marginal 9/11 conspirator to death, while one of the real culprits languishes in a secret prison, unlikely to ever come to trial.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Law February 3, 2006

    Reap the Whirlwind

    The rise of Samuel Alito and the death of Coretta Scott King mark the end of an era and the abandonment of our civil rights legacy by both political parties.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • Law January 19, 2006

    The Alito Failure

    As Samuel Alito cruises toward confirmation, the process of vetting him demonstrates the price we pay for one-party government.

    Bruce Shapiro