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Steven Beschloss

Professor of Practice
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5505
Senior Director for Narrative Development
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5505
Faculty Affiliate
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5505
Faculty Affiliate
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5505

Steven Beschloss is an award-winning writer, editor, journalist, filmmaker and content strategist. He is a Professor of Practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, a Senior Director for Narrative Development with media relations and the ASU President’s Office, and Director of the Narrative Storytelling Initiative across the university. Beschloss also leads the Narratives focus of the Global Futures Laboratory and is a Senior Sustainability Scholar. 

His articles and essays on economics and politics, urban and international affairs, art, culture, science and education--from the U.S. and Europe--have been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Smithsonian, The Economist/Economist Intelligence Unit, National Geographic and dozens of other print and online outlets. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, selected Journalist of the Year in Virginia and honored for his magazine writing by the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

In addition to authoring two recent books ("Adrift: Charting Our Course Back to a Great Nation" with co-author William Harris and "The Gunman and His Mother: Lee Harvey Oswald, Marguerite Oswald, and The Making of an Assassin"), Beschloss has served as a managing director of a Los Angeles-based media relations firm, executive managing editor of a Phoenix-based custom publisher, and co-director of a Finland-based film and TV company. His fiction and non-fiction film work (from Finland, France, Russia and the U.S.) has been translated into more than a dozen languages and seen and sold in nearly two dozen countries. 

A Chicago native and married father of two daughters, he is a graduate of Haverford College in Sociology and the master's degree program of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He also studied for one year in the graduate program in economic history at the London School of Economics. His personal website is

Among his recent work: "Scholars Need to Act with Greater Urgency," published by Times Higher Education and republished by ASU's Global Futures Laboratory. 

  • Master's degree. Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
  • Bachelor's degree. Sociology, Haverford College
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 494Special Topics
ENG 494Special Topics
HUL 494Special Topics
HDA 494Special Topics
HUL 598Special Topics