about

Leslie Cohen Berlowitz is a writer and editor.  She served as the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Berlowitz became the Academy’s executive officer in 1996 and was later promoted to Chief Executive Officer and President. From 1969 to 1996, Berlowitz was an administrator at New York University.

The Common Reader recently published a version of a chapter of Berlowitz’s forthcoming book Bernard Malamud: The Limits of Desire. Berlowitz has also co-edited four books:  Reflecting on the Humanities, Daedalus (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2009) with Patricia Meyer Spacks, Restoring Trust in American Business (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005) with Jay W. Lorsch and Andy Zelleke, America in Theory (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988) with Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand, and Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture (New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1990) with Richard Eric Beard.  Berlowitz is currently working on a memoir.

As chief executive of the American Academy, Berlowitz won praise for increasing Academy revenues, expanding the scope of programs, and raising the Academy’s national profile. Berlowitz led the Academy’s Strategic Plan “2001 and Beyond” and the development of the Initiative for the Humanities and its Humanities Indicators.  She also led several important studies on America’s science policies, including ARISE I and II (Advancing Research In Science and Engineering).  She created a network of more than 50 University Affiliates to work with the Academy on issues vital to the higher education community and also established two residential fellowship programs for young scholars: the Visiting Scholars Program and the Hellman Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy.

Berlowitz graduated from the Fieldston School, and received a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She was named an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Northeastern University in May 2011.