Robert Schmuhl is the inaugural Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair in American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He received his bachelor's degree from Notre Dame in 1970 and a doctorate (in English and American Studies) from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1978. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1980, teaching at the University of Notre Dame of Australia in 1997, serving as the inaugural Naughton Fellow at University College Dublin in 2000, and being Visiting Professor of Media Ethics at St. Augustine College of South Africa in 2003. In 2004 and 2012, he was on the faculty of Notre Dame’s London Centre, and in 2009 he was the first John Hume Visiting Research Fellow at University College Dublin. He was appointed an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University in Ireland in 2016.
Schmuhl is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including Statecraft and Stagecraft: American Political Life in the Age of Personality (1990, 1992, and 2016), Demanding Democracy (1994), Thomas Jefferson: America's Philosopher-King (1996 and 2014) and Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power (1996 and 2017). His edited volume, The Responsibilities of Journalism, has been published in four foreign editions. Indecent Liberties came out in 2000 and was selected by the Chicago Tribune Books section as one of 40 noteworthy nonfiction titles for that year. His collection of essays, In So Many Words: Arguments and Adventures, was published in 2006, with a new, expanded edition, In So Many More Words, appearing in 2010. This edition was a finalist for the Book of the Year Award for essays, sponsored by ForeWord Reviews. An edited volume, Making Words Dance: Reflections on Red Smith, Journalism, and Writing, also came out in 2010. Oxford University Press published his book, Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising, in the spring of 2016. His biographical memoir—Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record—focusing on Notre Dame’s former president, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., an educator, religious leader, public servant, and human rights advocate—came out in the fall of 2016 from the University of Notre Dame Press and was a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES book of the Year Award in the Adult Nonfiction, Biography category. A second edition will appear in 2018.
A frequent contributor to popular publications, Schmuhl’s columns, features, and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Irish America Magazine, Commonweal, American Journalism Review, The Quill, and several other newspapers, magazines and online outlets, such as The Daily Beast, Time, Irish Central, and Inside Higher Ed. In 2012, he began contributing columns and essays to the Irish Independent. He has appeared on CBS, CNN, PBS, NPR, the Voice of America, the BBC, Sky News, and several other television and radio programs in the U.S. and abroad.