Stay tranquil, soft, female, dark, and indifferent to disgrace.

-Lao Tzu


About Jeffrey Scheuer

Jeffrey writes mainly about politics, media, and history, and is the author of The Sound Bite Society: How Television Helps the Right and Hurts the Left (NY: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1999; Routledge NY, 2001). Named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, the magazine of research libraries, in 2000. For a summary of the book, please see or The Television Thing, a 1995 article in Dissent Magazine on which it is based.


Jeffrey Scheuer is the author, most recently, of The Big Picture: Why Democracies Need Journalistic Excellence (Routledge NY, 2007). More information on this page.

Scheuer has published essays, articles, reviews and commentary in the following publications:

  • The New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Baltimore Sun
  • Atlanta Constitution
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Quincy Patriot Ledger
  • Vineyard Gazette
  • Hudson Valley Magazine
  • Dissent
  • The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
  • Gettysburg Review
  • Potomac Review
  • New York History
  • New England Review
  • Wilson Quarterly
  • Philosophy Now
  • Private Pilot
  • Swarthmore College Bulletin

Series Editor on Democracy and the News, Praeger Publishers, (2005-2008)Jeffrey has contributed six articles to the Encyclopedia of New York City, and two articles to the Dictionary of American Biography.

Adjunct instructor, Spring 2003 in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, teaching a course on “Media and Ideology.”

Graduated from Swarthmore College in 1975, A.B., cum laude, with a major in Philosophy

M.Sc. in the History of Political Thought, from The London School of Economics & Political Science in 1977.

M.S., Columbia Graduate School of Journalism,  1978.

Graduate work in Philosophy at Columbia University from 1982-1984.

Jeffrey Scheuer has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations including The Loka Institute, a think tank studying democratic uses of technology; American Near East Refugee Aid in Washington, D.C. (1999-2003); University Settlement, the first and oldest social settlement in America (1986-1990), see “Legacy of Light: University Settlement’s First Century”;   the Chester Fund, supporting the Chester Upland School of the Arts (Chester, PA); and Symphony Space.

Jeffrey is a licensed private pilot with a seaplane rating.

He has two children