Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles


PRO-CHOICE CATHOLICS, ANTI-AIPAC JEWS. Our own Ann Friedman has written an In These Times tribute to Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for a Free Choice. Kissling, who was once a nun for six months, is a national progressive leader on abortion rights, access to contraception, LGBT rights, and stem cell research. She�s also a favorite target of extreme right-wing Catholics like Bill Donahue, whose Catholic League instigated the Edwards blogger ruckus last month.


A LIBERAL CASE FOR PORK? In September, TNR�s Brad Plumer argued �the liberal case for pork.� Call it vote buying if you will, but today, The Washington Post reports that House Democrats are tempting Iraq fence-sitters by adding $21 billion in domestic appropriations to the $124 billion war bill that sets an August 2008 deadline for pulling American troops out of Iraq.


EXBURBAN DREAMS DEFERRED. Over the past few years, stories of far-flung suburbs decimated by foreclosures have become newspaper staples. With resort-like names such as �Pocono Mountains� (in Pennsylvania, a 5-hour commute from New York City) and �Villages of Avalon� (in Riverside County, Calif., over an hour from downtown L.A.), it turns out that for many young families, these communities really are little more than a fantasy. The American romance with house-owning has long eclipsed concerns about the negative impact exurban lifestyles have on our larger society: more gas guzzling, loss of green space, and ethnic homogeneity, just to name a few.


ALINSKY 101. When Hillary Clinton graduated Wellesley in 1969, she turned down a job offer with community organizer and University of Chicago sociologist Saul Alinsky and headed to Yale Law School. In 1985, Barack Obama deferred law school to work with an Alinsky-inspired group on Chicago's South Side, partnering with black churches to advocate for better housing, job training, and other services for people in poverty.


HOLY MOLY. Some evidence this week that more progressive evangelicals are strengthening their position within the larger movement: The National Association of Evangelicals rejected a call from James Dodson, Gary Bauer, Paul Weyrich, and other prominent conservative Christians to maintain a singular focus on abortion and gay marriage and abandon environmentalism (which the movement calls �creation care�). Then, as part of the same meeting, the NAE board endorsed a strong anti-torture statement written by Evangelicals for Human Rights, a group with members who have vocally supported expanding the evangelical agenda beyond divisive cultural battles. �Our moral vision has blurred since 9-11,� the statement reads.