Beverly Gage is a historian of 20th-century American politics and society, and Professor of History at Yale University. Her courses focus on modern American political history, with an emphasis on the intertwined histories of liberalism and conservatism, communism and anticommunism, and the craft of historical writing. She is currently writing a major new biography of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, titled G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the American Century, to be published by Viking in 2018.
Her first book, The Day Wall Street Exploded, explored the dramatic story of the 1920 bombing of Wall Street and the history of early 20th-century terrorism. It is currently in production as a documentary film for broadcast on The American Experience (PBS) in early 2018.
She writes widely for publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and Slate. Her article in the New York Times Magazine, “What an Uncensored Letter to MLK Reveals” (Nov. 11, 2014), revealed the first fully unredacted copy of the famous “suicide letter” sent by the FBI to Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1964. She has published scholarly articles and reviews in The Journal of American History, The American Historical Review, The Journal of Policy History, Reviews in American History, and other journals. She appears frequently on the PBS NewsHour, among other outlets, as a historical and political commentator.
In 2015, she was elected to serve as the chair of Yale’s inaugural Senate of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
She received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale College in 1994, and her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 2004. In 2009, she received the Sarai Ribicoff award for teaching excellence in Yale College. She is a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians and an elected member of the Society of American Historians.