Tod Lindberg

About Tod Lindberg


Tod Lindberg is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and editor of Policy Review, its Washington, D.C.-based bimonthly journal of essays, social criticism, and reviews on politics, government, and foreign and domestic policy. The journal’s web site is, where the contents of the current edition as well as an archive of back issues are available.

Lindberg’s areas of research interest are political theory, international relations, national security policy, and American politics. He is author of The Political Teachings of Jesus (HarperCollins, 2007; paperback edition, HarperOne), a philosophical analysis of Jesus’s Gospel statements about worldly affairs. He is editor of Beyond Paradise and Power: Europe, America, and the Future of a Troubled Partnership (Routledge, 2004). He is co-author (with Lee Feinstein of Means to an End: U.S. Interest in the International Criminal Court (Brookings Press, forthcoming 2009). He is coeditor (with Derek Chollet and David Shorr) of Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide (Routledge, 2007). He is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard.

Lindberg is a member of the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society, a group of scholars examining the beliefs, practices, and associations on which liberal social order depends. He is also general editor (with Peter Berkowitz) of the Hoover Institution series Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society, published in association with Rowman & Littlefield. Recent titles in the series include Confirmation Wars by Benjamin Wittes, Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century by Amy L. Wax, and Countering Terrorism by Richard Posner.

In 2007-08, Lindberg served as lead of the expert group on international norms and institutions of the Genocide  Prevention Task Force, a joint project of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. The task force, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen, issued its report in December 2008. Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for Policymakers offers recommendations to enhance the ability of the U.S. government to respond to emerging threats of mass atrocities. In 2005, Lindberg served as coordinator for the task group on Preventing and Responding to Genocide and Major Human Rights Abuses for the United States Institute of Peace’s Task Force on the United Nations (the Gingrich-Mitchell task force). He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Princeton Project on National Security, for which he served as co-chair of the working group on anti-Americanism.

Under Lindberg’s editorial direction, Policy Review has been cited for its “vogue and influence” by the New Yorker and has been called “important” by the New York Times and “prestigious” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Articles from Policy Review have appeared abroad in translation in such journals and periodicals as Merkur and Le Monde.

For several years before his appointment as a research fellow, Lindberg was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served two terms, 2004-08, as a member of the U.S. National Commission on UNESCO. In 1978 he was elected to a three-year term on a high school board of education in suburban Chicago.

Lindberg’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post¸ the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Roll Call, the Los Angeles Times. His writing on political theory and international relations has appeared in several scholarly volumes and publications, including Telos, Brookings Review and Politique américaine. An archive of his writing is available at He has been a guest on numerous public affairs programs.

From 1996 until 2007, Lindberg wrote a weekly column about politics for the Washington Times, where he held editorial positions from 1986 through 1998. During his tenure as editorial page editor from 1992 through 1998, the Times’ editorial page was named in a New York magazine survey as one of the “top eight opinion factories” in the United States. He won an Associated Press Best Editorial award for 1997. In 1995, Washingtonian magazine named Lindberg, along with ten others, as “the A-list of the new Republican Brain Trust—the people the pols will rely on in the intra-party debates.” He was the founding executive editor of the National Interest and managing editor of the Public Interest.

Lindberg was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1960 and is a 1982 honors graduate in political science of the College of the University of Chicago, where he studied political philosophy with Allan Bloom and Saul Bellow, among others. He lives in the District of Columbia with his wife, Tina Lindberg, who is a graphic designer, and two daughters.