Beverly Gage is a historian of 20th-century American politics and society, Professor of History and American Studies, and the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy at Yale University. She is currently the director of Yale’s Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. She is 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 2020.
She is the author of The Day Wall Street Exploded, a study of the 1920 bombing of Wall Street and the history of early 20th-century terrorism. The documentary film “The Bombing of Wall Street,” broadcast by PBS American Experience in February 2018, is based on her book.
She is currently a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and has written widely for other publications including the Washington Post and The Nation. 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.