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

On Health Reform, Pro-Choicers Still Playing Defense.

Abortion access after health reform: I've been on this beat for several months now, and it's interesting to see how the debate has evolved.

J Street, the Obama Moment, and the Jewish (Far) Left.

There was a brouhaha last week in Toronto. The city's International Film Festival was subject to a protest from dozens of high-profile filmmakers, actors, artists, and writers -- including Danny Glover, Naomi Klein, Viggo Mortensen, Jane Fonda , Eve Ensler, and Howard Zinn-- who objected to the event's selection of Tel Aviv as a sister city. The petition, promoted by Jewish Voices for Peace, stated:

Why is the Sky Blue?

If you believe Jewish Americans are single-issue voters, and that issue is support for the Israeli occupation, then it makes sense to ask, as Norman Podhoretz does in a new book and Commentary symposium, "Why are Jews Liberal?"

The 9/11 Curriculum.

When I read in the Washington Post this morning that a new 9/11 history curriculum -- created by victims' families -- is being debuted in a handful of high schools around the country, I was skeptical. The curriculum relies heavily on emotional video interviews with 9/11 survivors. Will that really give teenagers too young to remember the attacks a sense of their political and historical impact?

In Defense of Shouting at the President.

Interrupting the head of state during a prepared speech to call him a liar -- when he isn't even lying -- would be against the rules of decorum in most democratic nations. But in general, I'm all for more frequent, rowdier confrontations between the president and Congress, in part because it gives each party a chance to clarify its agenda while subjecting it to the critiques of the other. At Newsweek, John Barry writes: