William Taubman

William Chase Taubman (born November 13, 1941 in New York City) is an American political scientist. His biography of Nikita Khrushchev won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2004 and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography in 2003.

He is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1962, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1965, a Certificate of the Russian Institute in 1965, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1969.

He is currently Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College.

Taubman was the recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim fellowship.[1]

Personal life

Taubman is the son of Nora Stern, a teacher, and Howard Taubman, who was chief music critic and then chief theater critic for The New York Times in the 1950s and 60s.

William Taubman is the brother of diplomatic journalist Philip Taubman.

His wife, Jane A. Taubman, is a professor of Russian at Amherst College.

Selected publications

External video
Part One of Booknotes interview with Taubman on Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, April 20, 2003, C-SPAN
Part Two of Booknotes interview with Taubman, April 27, 2003, C-SPAN
  • Gorbachev: His Life and Times (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017), ISBN 978-0-393-64701-3.
  • Khrushchev: The Man and His Era (W. W. Norton & Company, 2003), ISBN 0-393-05144-7.
  • Moscow Spring with Jane Taubman (Summit Books, 1989), ISBN 0-671-67731-4.
  • Stalin's American Policy: From Entente to Détente to Cold War (W W Norton & Company, 1982), ISBN 0-393-01406-1.
  • Khrushchev and Khrushchev by Sergei Khrushchev, (editor/translator). (Boston: Little, Brown, 1990)


  1. "Guggenheim Foundation 2006 Fellows". John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. 2006. Archived from the original on October 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
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