Newsweek chose a panel of 10 distinguished historians to rank the 10 best presidents since 1900. Each of the historians below submitted top 10 lists; the final list was an average weighted by the number of mentions each president received.
Alan Brinkley, Columbia University
Author of biographies on Huey Long and Henry Luce, as well as works on American politics in the 1940s.
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American studies.
William Chafe, Duke University
Author of The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II, The Rise and Fall of the American Century: The United States From 1890-2010, plus other works.
Author of a prize-winning study of FDR’s foreign policy and of presidential biographies–of Reagan, JFK, LBJ, and others.
Beverly Gage, Yale University
Author of a book on the Wall Street bombings of 1919; completing a biography of J.Edgar Hoover; frequent commentator on U.S. politics on NewsHour and NPR.
David Nasaw, Cuny Graduate Center
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Professor of history and biographer of Andrew Carnegie and William Randolph Hearst.
Martin Sherwin, George Mason University
Author of books on American foreign policy, particularly regarding nuclear weapons; coauthor of Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer.
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
Author of Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, which won a Pulitzer Prize, plus other works.
David Levering Lewis, New York University
Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of W.E.B. Du Bois.
Richard Reeves, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California
Author of works on Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, American politics, and public affairs; prolific journalist.