Norton Garfinkle is Chairman of the Future of American Democracy Foundation, Senior Editor of the Yale University Press series on the Future of American Democracy and Senior Editor of the Foundation's annual report on Public Confidence in the State of the Nation. He is the author of The American Dream vs. the Gospel of Wealth: The Fight for a Productive Middle-Class Economy, and the editor with Daniel Yankelovich of Uniting America: Restoring the Vital Center to American Democracy, both published by Yale University Press in 2006. He is former Chairman of the George Washington University Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, former Chairman of the National Hospice Foundation, former Chairman of the Lamaze Institute for Family Education and former Chairman of the New York Landmarks Conservancy.
Garfinkle received his B.A. with honors from Columbia University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He did his graduate work at Columbia and Princeton Universities. He taught Economics and Economic History at Amherst College and was an editor of the Journal of Economic History.