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News Release

October 1, 2008


Elaine Ray, News Service: (650) 723-7162,

New York Times editor appointed Stanford scholar, adviser

Philip Taubman, reporter and editor at the New York Times for nearly 30 years and an expert on national security issues, has been appointed as a consulting professor at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and as an adviser to the campus on university affairs issues.

Taubman, who also is a Stanford alum and former Stanford trustee, will work as a scholar within the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies on a book project focusing on nuclear threats. He also will work on special projects as an associate vice president of the university.

"Phil's combined experience as a Stanford parent, alum and trustee, together with his national perspective from his tenure at the New York Times, will be a valuable asset to the campus," said Stanford President John L. Hennessy. "That perspective and experience will help us as we think about the next steps in Stanford's evolution. He also will play a key role in helping us to articulate the value of higher education to the public and to communicate in an increasingly complex, rapidly changing media environment."

Before coming to Stanford this fall, Taubman worked at the New York Times as a reporter and editor for 30 years, specializing in national security issues. At the Times, Taubman served as a Washington correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, deputy editorial page editor, Washington bureau chief and associate editor. Before joining the New York Times, he worked as a correspondent for Time magazine and was sports editor of Esquire. He is author of Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage (Simon & Schuster, 2003).

Taubman received his bachelor's degree in history from Stanford, Class of 1970, and served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Daily in 1969. He was a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1982. Taubman is married to Felicity Barringer, the national environmental correspondent of the New York Times, and a fellow Stanford graduate and editor-in-chief of the Stanford Daily in 1971. Their son, Michael, is a member of the Class of 2003 and received his master's degree from the School of Education in 2005.

Taubman's research at Stanford will focus on the recent "Getting to Zero" nuclear weapons initiative spearheaded by former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry, co-director of CISAC's Preventive Defense Project; former U.S. Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz; former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn; and Sidney Drell, CISAC founding co-director.

"This will be a seamless segue from a 40-year journalism career," Taubman said. "As a scholar at Stanford, I will be surrounded by some of the world's leading experts on nuclear weapons issues and other related subjects. And the additional assignments are alluring in that I can apply my expertise in dealing with national issues to my interest in being more involved in Stanford activities. It's the perfect combination."



Philip Taubman, Freeman Spogli Institute, CISAC: (650) 725-5366,

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