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Matthew Dallek

Matthew Dallek is an associate professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, a political historian, and a frequent commentator in the national news media on politics and history. His most recent book, Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security, chronicles fears of attacks on the United States by fascists during World War II and the epic battle pitting first lady Eleanor Roosevelt's social defense vision against New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia's campaign to militarize civilians. Dallek's first book, The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics, traced the "Reagan Revolution" to the social turmoil of the mid-1960s. Dallek also co-authored Inside Campaigns: Elections through the Eyes of Political Professionals, which is based on interviews with more than 100 of America's leading campaign managers and examines how campaigns affect election results. Dallek's op-eds and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the L.A. Times, Politico, Yahoo News, the Journal of Policy History, and numerous other publications. He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker and conducted interviews with NPR, the BBC, MSNBC, the History Channel, and CNN International. Dallek's awards include fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and GW's School of Media and Public Affairs.