Charles Murray holds the F.A. Hayek Emeritus Chair in Cultural Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Murray first came to national attention with the publication of “Losing Ground: American Social Policy ,1950–1980” (Basic Books,1984), which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. In 1994, “The Bell Curve” (Free Press), a New York Times bestseller he co authored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure. In 2012, in another New York Times bestseller, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010” (Crown Forum), Dr. Murray described the nature and causes of the cultural polarization that, by 2016, would shape national politics.
In his latest book, “Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class” (Twelve Books, January 2020), he describes recent developments in genetics and neuroscience that are transforming the social sciences. His other books include “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission” (Crown Forum, 2015); “Human Accomplishment” (HarperCollins, 2003); “What It Means to Be a Libertarian” (Broadway Books, 1997); and “In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government” (Simon & Schuster, 1988). Dr. Murray, who was born and raised in Newton, Iowa, has a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in history from Harvard University.