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Philip Taubman   Download vCard
Consulting Professor

Stanford University
Encina Hall, E215
Stanford, Ca 94305-6165
(650) 723-1574 (voice)

Research Interests
nuclear weapons, nuclear proliferation, arms control initiatives, weapons of mass destruction, Cold War history

Philip Taubman is a consulting professor at CISAC, where he is working on the first comprehensive biography of George Shultz, the former Secretary of State to President Reagan.  Before joining CISAC in the fall of 2008, Mr. Taubman worked at the New York Times as a reporter and editor for nearly 30 years, specializing in national security issues, including intelligence and defense policies and operations. At the Times, Taubman served as a Washington correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, deputy editorial page editor, Washington bureau chief and associate editor.

Taubman also serves as Secretary of the Stanford Board of Trustees and Stanford Associate Vice President for University Affairs where he works on special projects for Stanford's president, John Hennessy.

Taubman was a history major at Stanford, Class of 1970, and served as editor-in-chief of theStanford Daily in 1969. Before joining the New York Times, he worked as a correspondent forTime magazine and was sports editor of Esquire. He was a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees, 1978-1982. He is author of The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb (Harper Collins, 2012) and Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage. (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Taubman is married to Felicity Barringer, the national environmental correspondent of the New York Times and a fellow Stanford graduate, Class of 1971.


News around the web

Bipartisanship Shouldn't Just Be Nuclear
Philip Taubman: "In this era of rancor in Washington, it’s hard to imagine a time when two of the most partisan men in the nation—Republican President Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of the House—could set aside their differences to swap political stories and seek common ground on critical issues. They did, as I witnessed from a ringside seat as a Washington correspondent for The New York Times. The rivalry ..."
February 7, 2012 in City Watch

Examining Iranian And North Korean Nuclear Threats
Philip Taubman:"I recently asked my Stanford colleague Sig Hecker, one of the scholars who visited the enrichment plant in 2010, to outline what to watch for in the North Korean weapons program in coming weeks to determine if the new leadership is planning any change ..."
January 10, 2012 in Huffington Post (blog)