Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History. He has also served as the dean leading the University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He began his professional career as a trial and appellate lawyer. He was a career diplomat, posted overseas and in Washington, including service on the NSC staff for President George H.W. Bush. His Ph.D. is from Tufts University. Since leaving government service in 1991 he has taught and directed research programs at Harvard University and at the University of Virginia. where he directed the Miller Center of Public Affairs from 1998 to 2005. In addition to service on government advisory boards and as an elected member of a local school board, he has taken two public service leaves from academia to return full-time to government service, in 2003-04 to direct the 9/11 Commission and in 2005-07 as Counselor of the Department of State, a deputy to Secretary Rice. He has been a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board for President Bush (2001-03) and for President Obama (2011-13) and is currently a member of the Defense Policy Board advising Secretary Carter. He has also been an adviser to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s program in global development.
His books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft
(Harvard UP, 1995, with Condi Rice); The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis
(Norton, rev. ed., 2001, with Ernest May); and Essence of Decision
(Longman, rev. ed., 1999, with Graham Allison). On behalf of a collective project on America's economic future in the digital revolution, he also researched and drafted "America's Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age" (Norton, 2015).