Paul Rogat Loeb has spent thirty-five years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment—asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others abstain, and exploring how to find the hope to stay engaged despite all the frustrations and barriers. Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times (St Martin’s Press) has over140,000 copies in print with a wholly revised edition published in April 2010. The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear (Basic Books), wasnamed the #3 political book of fall 2004 by the History Channel and American Book Association, won the Nautilus Award for best social change book, and was one of six books selected for the Sierra Club’s new common reading groups. He’s also the author of Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy & Action on the American Campus,Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times.
Loeb has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Psychology Today, Utne Reader, Mother Jones, The Nation, Redbook, Huffington Post, the International Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor, been interviewed on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, NBC news, CBC, and the BBC, and lectured at 400 colleges throughout the country and numerous national and international conferences. He also created and ran Campus Compact’s 2008 Campus Election Engagement Project, which helped colleges and universities in 15 states engage their students in the election. He’s running it again for 2012.
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