David Callahan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
David Callahan
David Callahan.png
Education Hampshire College, B.A.
Princeton University, PhD
Occupation Demos co-founder and blog editor

David Callahan is founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, a digital media site. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at Demos, a public policy group based in New York City that he co-founded in 1999. He is also an author and lecturer. He is best known as the author of the books The Cheating Culture and The Moral Center.

Personal life[edit]

David Callahan is the son of Daniel Callahan, PhD, a bio-ethicist, and Sidney Callahan. He has four brothers and one sister. David went to public high school in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. He received his B.A. at Hampshire College and holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University.


Callahan was a fellow at the Century Foundation from 1994 to 1999. His work area was US foreign policy and international affairs. In 1999, Callahan co-founded Demos. Callahan left Demos in 2013 to start Inside Philanthropy.


The Cheating Culture[edit]

Callahan is best known for his 2004 book, The Cheating Culture, a nonfiction work that links the rise in unethical behavior in American society to economic and regulatory trends – particularly growing inequality. In The New York Times, Chris Hedges called Callahan "a new liberal with old values."[1] Callahan has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs to discuss The Cheating Culture. He has also lectured widely on the book to business groups and university audiences, frequently as a keynote speaker..

Other Writing[edit]

In 2002, Callahan wrote Kindred Spirits, a history of the Harvard Business School Class of 1949.[2] In an interview about the book with The New York Times, Callahan contrasted this earlier group of business leaders, many of whom frowned on conspicuous consumption, with later generations of business leaders more motivated by greed.[2]

Callahan is the author of several other books. These include Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America (2010), which argues that the rise of the knowledge economy has led to ideological shifts within the U.S. upper class, and The Moral Center (2006),[3] which examines how a market-based economy, i.e. capitalism, with its elevation of self-interest, undermines values that both liberals and conservatives care about. The American Prospect reviewed The Moral Center."[4]

Callahan has published two books on U.S. foreign policy:Dangerous Capabilities, a biography of Paul Nitze, and Unwinnable Wars, a study of U.S. involvement in such ethnic conflicts as the wars in Bosnia, Rwanda, Lebanon, and Biafra.

Callahan has written articles for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The American Prospect, and The Nation.[5]


The libertarian magazine Reason criticized Callahan for placing too much blame for cheating on the rise of laissez-faire economics.[6]

On April 3, 2011, Callahan published an op-ed in the New York Times entitled "Bringing Donors out of the Shadows" about politically motivated philanthropy. The piece was critical of the practice, on "both the left and the right," of channeling funds anonymously through 501(c)3 and 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations, in order to advance political views. Callahan singled out the brothers David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch as an example of donors who conceal "the recipients of their largess, even as they get to write it off on their taxes."[7]


  • Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America (Wiley, 2010)
  • The Moral Center: How Progressives Can Unite America Around Our Shared Values (Harcourt, 2006).
  • The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead (Harcourt, 2004).
  • Kindred Spirits: Harvard Business School's Extraordinary Class of 1949 and How They Transformed American Business (Wiley, 2002).
  • Unwinnable Wars: American Power and Ethnic Conflict (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998).
  • State of the Union (Little, Brown, 1997).
  • Between Two World: Realism, Idealism, and American Foreign Policy After the Cold War (HarperCollins, 1994).
  • Dangerous Capabilities: Paul Nitze and the Cold War (HarperCollins, 1990).


  1. ^ Hedges, Chris (June 15, 2004). "A Liberal With a New Emphasis on Old Values". New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Holstein, William J. (October 27, 2002). "What a Class of '49 Can Teach the Class of '02". The New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ Sager, Ryan (November 2, 2006). "The Republicans Will Play Solitaire". The New York Sun. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ Stone, Deborah. (November 19, 2006). "The Good in Good Politics". The American Prospect. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Demos Expert Bios
  6. ^ Sanchez, Julian (July 2004). "Cheating Heart". Reason. 
  7. ^ Callahan, David (April 3, 2011). "Bringing the Donors out of the Shadows". New York Times. New York Times. 

External links[edit]

Articles by Callahan[edit]