Glenn C. Altschuler

Glenn Altschuler received his PhD in American history from Cornell in 1976 and has been an administrator and teacher at the university since 1981.

He has served as dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions since 1991.

While dean he has continued to do research and teaching. His year-long survey of Popular Culture in the United States, 1900–Present is one of the most popular courses at Cornell. Professor Altschuler has been an animating force in the American Studies Program and has been a strong advocate on campus for high-quality teaching and advising. In 1998, he became the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies. In 2006, he was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell's most prestigious award for undergraduate teaching.

From 2009 to 2013, Professor Altschuler also served as vice president for university relations, with responsibilities for articulating and overseeing strategies related to communications, government relations, and land grant affairs.


Book cover: Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy by Glenn Altschuler

Glenn Altschuler is the author or coauthor of 11 books and more than thirteen hundred essays and reviews. His latest book, coauthored with Faust F. Rossi, is Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy. In addition to his books and publications in scholarly journals, he has written for American Heritage Magazine, The Australian, The Baltimore Sun, Barron’s Financial Weekly, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Forward, The Florida Courier, Inside Higher Education, The Jerusalem Post, The Kansas City Star, The Los Angeles Times, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Moscow Times, The New York Observer, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Portland Oregonian, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tulsa World, NPR’s Books We Like,, and

His op-eds and book reviews have appeared in The Huffington Post and The Conversation US, and he is a regular contributor to The Hill and Psychology Today. The National Book Critics Circle has cited his work as "exemplary." Psychology Today has featured it as "essential reading." For four years he wrote a column for the Education Life section of The New York Times. From 2002 to 2005 he was a regular panelist on national and international affairs for the WCNY television program The Ivory Tower Half Hour. These days, he comments on American politics for websites and newspapers in the United States and abroad.

Read more about Professor Altschuler’s writing in Books, Reviews, and Articles, essays, and reviews in scholarly journals.


Glenn C. Altschuler in his office

Professor Altschuler has won several awards for teaching and undergraduate advising at Cornell. He is the recipient of the Clark Teaching Award, the Donna and Robert Paul Award for Excellence in Faculty Advising, the Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Award for Outstanding Advising, and the 2006 Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship for effective, inspiring, and distinguished teaching of undergraduate students.


On July 5, 2017, Professor Altschuler presented "'The Future Belongs to Those Who Tell the Best Stories': Advocacy Techniques in Great American Trials" as part of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions' free summer events series.