Carl Brauer, Historian and Biographer for biographies, books and memoirs
Historian and Biographer for biographies, books and memoirs
Carl Brauer, Historian and Biographer for biographies, books and memoirs
Historian and Biographer for biographies, books and memoirs


Carl M. Brauer, an American historian and biographer, is the author of many books, articles, and reference works. During his career, he has conducted hundreds of oral history interviews.

Brauer was born in 1946 in Jersey City where he attended public school. He received his bachelor’s degree "with highest honors in history" from Rutgers University in 1968. During his senior year, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He received fellowships in American history at Harvard University, where he received his master’s degree in 1969 and his Ph.D. in 1973.

From 1973 to 1975, he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri at Columbia and at Brown University. From 1975 to 1982 he was an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia, where he taught popular undergraduate and graduate courses in modern American history. In 1978-79 he was a Charles Warren Fellow at Harvard University and held a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Brauer’s first book, John F. Kennedy and the Second Reconstruction, was published by Columbia University Press in 1977. It became the standard work on the Kennedy administration and civil rights and was adopted by many colleges and universities.

In 1982 Brauer became a research fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. There he wrote his first commissioned book, Presidential Transitions: Eisenhower Through Reagan (Oxford University Press, 1986). It has been consulted by Presidential transition teams and by the press since 1988 and has been used in many courses on the Presidency.

From 1985 to 1989, Brauer was the director of the Public/Private Careers Project at the Center for Business and Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In this capacity, he managed a research and advocacy program related to public service careers, testified before Congress, and represented the project in print and broadcast media.

In 1989, Brauer joined the Winthrop Group, a business history consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Two years later, he established his own office as a freelance historian and biographer, in Belmont, Massachusetts. Since 1989, he has written commissioned histories for health care institutions, professional service firms, and business corporations. He has also written biographies, edited memoirs and conducted oral history projects.

Brauer’s books since 1989 are: Ropes & Gray, 1865-1990 (1991); Onward: Memoirs of David R. Pokross (1994); New England Deaconess Hospital: A Century of Caring(1995); The Man Who Built Washington: A Life of John McShain (1996); Champions of Quality in Health Care: A History of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (2001); and Abe Mailman: A Life (2001).

Brauer is married to Nancy J. Schieffelin, an artist and clinical social worker. They are the parents of two adult sons. Brauer has been an elected member of Belmont Town Meeting since 1990. He was president of the local community arts center and he was a founder and board member of the local education foundation. He is a member of the Belmont Hill Club.

Carl Brauer, Historian and Biographer for biographies and memoirs



BELMONT, MA 02478-3254


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Carl M. Brauer is a freelance historian and biographer who works under commission or sponsorship. His subjects include individuals and families, businesses and industries, professional service firms, hospitals and health care institutions, philanthropic foundations, government, and public policy. He also edits memoirs and conducts oral history projects.