Stephen J. Whitfield held the Max Richter Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University, where he has taught since 1972 until his retirement in 2016. He is the author of eight books, including The Culture of the Cold War (1991, rev. and enlarged 1996) and In Search of American Jewish Culture (1999). He is also the editor of A Companion to 20th-Century America, published by Blackwell in 2004. He has served as Fulbright visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and has served twice as visiting professor at the Sorbonne.