Jeffrey Herbst is a scholar, author, First Amendment champion, and immediate past president and CEO of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was President of Colgate University, a liberal arts college in Hamilton, N.Y. Dr. Herbst had also served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In this capacity, he was the chief academic officer for a university with 21,000 students on three American campuses and one in Europe. Dr. Herbst started his career as a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, where he taught for 18 years and chaired the Department of Politics.
Dr. Herbst’s long experience as a university executive and professor has given him a special interest in campus speech and the political correctness movement, the attitudes of young persons toward the First Amendment, and the sensibilities of speech on social media.
His most recent book (with Dr. Greg Mills) is How South Africa Works and Must Do Better (2015). He is also the author of States and Power in Africa (2014) and several other books and articles. Dr. Herbst has taught at the University of Zimbabwe, the University of Ghana, Legon, the University of Cape Town, and the University of the Western Cape. In 2004-05, he was a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Dr. Herbst earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1983. He earned a Master’s degree from Yale University in 1985 and a doctorate in 1987, also from Yale.