Loyola University Chicago



E.J. Dionne, Jr.

Institute of Pastoral Studies/The Graduate School
Commencement Address

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Columnist, Washington Post

E. J. Dionne Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.

A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dr. Dionne appears weekly on National Public Radio and regularly on MSNBC. He has also appeared on News Hour with Jim Lehrer and other PBS programs.

Dr. Dionne began his career with the New York Times, where he spent 14 years reporting on state and local government, national politics, and topics from around the world, including stints in Paris, Rome, and Beirut. The Los Angeles Times praised his coverage of the Vatican as the best in two decades. In 1990, Dr. Dionne joined the Washington Post in 1990 as a reporter covering national politics, and he began writing his column in 1993. His bestselling book, Why Americans Hate Politics (Simon & Schuster), was published in 1991. The book, which Newsday called “a classic in American political history,” won the Los Angeles Times book prize and was a National Book Award nominee.

Dr. Dionne is the author, editor, or co-editor of several other books and volumes, including They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era (1996), Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America (1998), What's God Got to Do with the American Experiment (2000), Bush v. Gore (2000), Sacred Places, Civic Purposes: Should Government Help Faith-Based Charity? (2001), Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004), Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right (2008), Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2012), and more. His latest book,Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism-From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond, was published in January.

Dr. Dionne has received numerous awards, including the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award to honor a major journalistic contribution to the understanding of politics.  He has been named among the 25 most influential Washington journalists by the National Journal and among the capital city’s top 50 journalists by the Washingtonian magazine. He was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2002, he received the Empathy Award from the Volunteers of America, and in 2004 he won the National Human Services Assembly’s Award for Excellence by a Member of the Media. In 2006, he gave the Theodore H. White Lecture at the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University. The Sidney Hillman Foundation presented him with the Hillman Award for Career Achievement in 2011.

Dr. Dionne grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Harvard University in 1973 and received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He and his wife, Mary Boyle, live in Bethesda, Maryland, and have three children, James, Julia, and Margot.