W. H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Charles Murray is a political scientist, author and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.
His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve (Free Press, 1994), coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure.
Mr. Murray’s other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian (Broadway, 1997), Human Accomplishment (Harper, 2003), In Our Hands (AEI Press, 2006), Real Education (Three Rivers, 2008), and Coming Apart (Crown Forum, 2012).
Mr. Murray earned a B.A. in history at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.