World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

The Wilson Quarterly

Article Id: WHEBN0012199980
Reproduction Date:

Title: The Wilson Quarterly  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Afshin Molavi, Goddess of the Market, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

The Wilson Quarterly

The Wilson Quarterly
Editor-in-chief Zack Stanton
Categories Culture, Literature, Politics, Current Events
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 70,000
First issue 1976
Company Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Country United States
Based in Washington, D.C.
Language English
Website .com.wilsonquarterlywww
ISSN 0363-3276
OCLC number 743409751

The Wilson Quarterly is a magazine published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. The magazine was founded in 1976 by Peter Braestrup and James H. Billington. It is noted for its nonpartisan, nonideological approach to current issues, with articles written from various perspectives.[1] Designed to make the research and debates of scholars and intellectuals accessible to a general audience, it covers a wide range of topics, from science policy and literature to foreign affairs.


The first issue appeared in Autumn 1976 and established two of the magazine’s signature features. Article "clusters" explore different facets of a subject, often with contrasting points of view. Early subjects ranged from the John Updike, Carlos Fuentes, and Mario Vargas Llosa. [2] The magazine also includes individual essays. The Wilson Quarterly '​s other signature feature is its "In Essence" section, which distills more than two dozen notable articles selected from hundreds of scholarly journals and specialized publications.

The magazine has gone through various format changes over the years, and between 1983 and 1990 it was published five times a year. Today, as its name suggests, it is published quarterly.[2]

When Peter Braestrup left the magazine in 1989 to join Billington at the Library of Congress, he was succeeded by Jay Tolson, the magazine's literary editor. Tolson added a successful poetry section designed to introduce readers to significant poets of the past and present. The section was initially co-edited by Joseph Brodsky and poet laureate Anthony Hecht.

The magazine continued to focus on public questions, exemplified by the 1998 cluster "Is Everything Relative?" with articles by E. O. Wilson, Richard Rorty, and Paul R. Gross debating Wilson's claim in Consilience that all branches of knowledge will eventually be unified by a biological understanding of human life. In "The Second Coming of the American Small Town" in 1992, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk offered an early in-depth look at the New Urbanism and some of the animating ideas behind Smart Growth.

When Tolson left in 1999, Steven Lagerfeld was named editor. Lagerfeld had also worked under founding editor Peter Braestrup, joining the staff in 1981. In keeping with the times and the focus of the Woodrow Wilson Center, the magazine looked increasingly overseas, filling the period around the beginning of the Iraq War with distinctive clusters on American empire, foreign writers' views of the United States, the history of Iraq, and World War IV. Other topics have ranged from the role of competition in American life to the ideas of traffic "guru" Hans Monderman. Recent writers have spanned the spectrum from conservative economist and blogger Tyler Cowen to liberal political thinker Benjamin Barber. In 2006, The Wilson Quarterly received an Utne Reader Independent Press Award for General Excellence[3] and in 2011 for International Coverage.[4]

Digital format

In 2012 The Wilson Quarterly changed to a digital-only publishing model.[2] The Summer 2012 (Volume 36, No. 3) issue was the last to be printed. Existing print subscribers were not transferred to the new digital subscription model, but rather were transferred to Pacific Standard subscriptions. In May 2014 Zack Stanton became editor-in-chief.


  1. ^ "The Wilson Quarterly". The Idealist. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Roig-Franzia, Manuel (6 September 2013). "Wilson Center may sell or fold its esteemed Wilson Quarterly, as readership declines". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  3. ^ [1] Utne Independent Press archives
  4. ^

External links

  • Official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.