Charles Murray

Political scientist, author and libertarian Charles Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. 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.

Murray's 1994 New York Times best-seller, The Bell Curve, 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. His other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian, Human Accomplishment, In Our Hands and Real Education, and his most recent, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, describes an unprecedented divergence in American classes over the last half century.

Murray's writing has appeared in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Los Angeles Times, Commentary, The National Review, The Weekly Standard and The American Spectator. He received his bachelor's degree in history from Harvard University and his doctorate political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.