Robert Schmuhl

Robert Schmuhl is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Journalism. His specialties include American culture, American politics and the media, and America’s role in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Professor Schmuhl is the author or editor of fifteen books, including Statecraft and Stagecraft: American Political Life in the Age of Personality, which describes the rise of the personality through the media in contemporary politics, and Wounded Titans: American Presidents and the Perils of Power. In 2016, his historical study, Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and the Easter Rising, was published by Oxford University Press and named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the three notable titles issued in 2016 to mark the centenary of the Rising. 

Professor Schmuhl's most recent book, The Glory and the Burden: The American Presidency from FDR to Trump (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019), was selected as a Foreword INDIES Finalist for Book of the Year in the Political and Social Sciences category. 

He provides commentary on American politics and government for the Irish Independent and the RTÉ Radio One show "Morning Ireland." 

In 2016, Dublin City University appointed him Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and Government in recognition of his global standing as an authority on the American presidency and his extensive connections with Ireland.

During the Fall 2017 term, Professor Schmuhl was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, where he researched his forthcoming book Mr. Churchill in the White House, which will be published by Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton, in 2024.