Alan Schroeder was a Professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, where he taught primarily in the area of visual journalism. Schroeder is the author of several books: Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail (Columbia University Press, 2016), now in its third edition; Celebrity-in-Chief: How Show Business Took Over the White House (Westview Press, 2004); and a textbook, Writing and Producing Television News: From Newsroom to Air (Oxford University Press, 2008). In 2012 he was named among “The Best 300 Professors” in the United States by the Princeton Review.
Schroeder has written about a variety of media-related topics for such outlets as the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Politico, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, New York Daily News, and the Guardian. A frequent press commentator, Schroeder has been quoted as an expert source by The Economist, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. His TV and radio interviews include ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Sky News (U.K.), Canadian Broadcasting Company, Australian Broadcasting Company, and numerous programs on National Public Radio, including Fresh Air and All Things Considered.
Schroeder has lectured about the global phenomenon of televised debates in Spain, the Philippines, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Ireland, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru, and has testified before the British Parliament about debate structure and sponsorship. Schroeder’s pre-academic career included stints as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat.