Todd Gitlin

American sociologist (1943–2022)

Todd Alan Gitlin (January 6, 1943 – February 5, 2022)[1] was an American sociologist, political activist, novelist, and cultural commentator. He wrote about the mass media, politics, and arts. He worked as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and New York University. He was also a visiting professor at Yale University.[2] Gitlin published three novels: The Murder of Albert Einstein (1992), Sacrifice (1999), and Undying (2011).

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Todd Alan Gitlin

(1943-01-06)January 6, 1943
DiedFebruary 5, 2022(2022-02-05) (aged 79)
EducationHarvard College (AB)
University of Michigan (MA)
University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
OccupationSociologist, author, professor
Known forStudents for a Democratic Society
Nancy Hollander
(m. 1964, divorced)

Carol Wolman
(m. 1976, divorced)

Laurel Ann Cook (m. 1995)
AwardsBosch Berlin Prize in Public Policy
Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin

On December 31, 2021, Gitlin went into cardiac arrest at his home in Hillside, New York. He was hospitalized in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he tested positive for COVID-19.[3] He died there on February 5, 2022, one month after his 79th birthday.[3]


  1. Miller, Steven P., "Todd Gitlin", Encyclopedia Britannica, retrieved July 3, 2018
  2. "Todd Gitlin". Center for American Studies.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Seelye, Katharine Q. (February 5, 2022). "Todd Gitlin, a Voice and Critic of the New Left, Dies at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2022.