Yuval Levin is the founding editor of National Affairs, a quarterly journal of public policy and political thought. He is also the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he writes widely on a range of domestic-policy issues, politics, culture, science, technology, and political philosophy.
Levin has served as a member of the White House domestic-policy staff (under President George W. Bush) working especially on health care and related issues. He was executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics—the body charged with advising the nation on the moral and policy implications of advances in biotechnology—and has served as a congressional staffer.
Levin is a senior editor of The New Atlantis magazine and a contributing editor to National Review and The Weekly Standard. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Commentary, First Things, Time, Newsweek, and others.
His work, and the work of National Affairs, focuses on the intersection of public policy and political thought, and especially on the ways in which a revival of the principles of the American political tradition could contribute to addressing today’s most pressing national challenges.
Levin is the author, most recently, of Imagining the Future: Science and American Democracy, a study of the social and political implications of the science debates of the last decade. His forthcoming book, a study of the origins of our political order titled The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left, will be published in December. He was the editor (with Christopher DeMuth) of Religion and the American Future and (with Meghan Clyne) of A Time for Governing.
He holds a B.A. in political science from American University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.