Alvin S. Felzenberg, Ph.D.

Al Felzenberg adjunct at Annenberg School for Communication ASC UPenn
Visiting Scholar
Presidential Historian

Alvin S. Felzenberg is an American presidential historian, political commentator, and public official. He was Principal Spokesman for the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. Felzenberg is currently Director of Communications for the Joint Economic Committee for the United States Congress.

Felzenberg received his doctoral degree in politics from Princeton University. He later served as the Special Assistant and Adviser to the National Broadcasting Board of Governors, as consultant to the Secretary of the Navy, and as Director of Community Outreach and Public Liaison for the Office of Secretary in the U.S. Department of Defense during the administration of George W. Bush. From 1982 to 1989, Felzenberg was assistant secretary of state of New Jersey in the administration of Governor Thomas H. Kean.

Felzenberg was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has lectured at Princeton, Yale, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins Universities. He is the author of several books, including A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.Keys to a Successful Presidency, Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9/11 Commission, and The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn’t): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game. He is a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report and the National Review.


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Undergraduate communication majors talk about their experiences during the 2014 Annenberg Washington Summer Internship Program.

Alvin S. Felzenberg is a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Felzenberg's Network

  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Political Communication