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Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly
EditorPaul Glastris
FrequencyMonthly (1969-2008), Bimonthly (2008-present)
First issueFebruary 19, 1969
CountryUnited States
Based inWashington, D.C.

The Washington Monthly is a bimonthly[a]nonprofit magazine of United States politics and government that is based in Washington, D.C. The magazine is known for its annual ranking of American colleges and universities, which serves as an alternative to the Forbes and U.S. News & World Report rankings.


The magazine was founded in February 19, 1969 by Charles Peters, who wrote the "Tilting at Windmills" column in each issue until 2014.[1]Paul Glastris, former speechwriter for Bill Clinton, has been Washington Monthly's editor-in-chief since 2001. In 2008, the magazine switched from a monthly to a bimonthly publication schedule, citing high publication costs.

Past staff editors of the magazine include Jonathan Alter, Taylor Branch, James Fallows, Joshua Green, David Ignatius, Mickey Kaus, Nicholas Lemann, Suzannah Lessard, Jon Meacham, Timothy Noah, Joe Nocera, and Steven Waldman.[2]

In 2008, the liberal watchdog and advocacy group Common Cause considered acquiring Washington Monthly, but the deal fell apart.[3][4]

Contents and viewpoint

The politics of Washington Monthly are often considered center-left.[5][6][7] Founder Charles Peters refers to himself as a New Deal Democrat and advocates the use of government to address social problems. His columns also frequently emphasized the importance of a vigilant "fourth estate" in keeping government honest.

Washington Monthly features a continuing blog; "Political Animal" was written principally by Kevin Drum for several years, with frequent guest contributions by Washington Monthly's current and alumni editors. In 2008, Steve Benen took over as lead blogger; in 2012, he was succeeded by Ed Kilgore.[8] Kilgore left the magazine in 2015.[9]

In addition to "Political Animal," the magazine's website also hosts "Ten Miles Square," a general blog featuring posts from staff and political scientists, which debuted in 2011,[10] and "College Guide," a blog about higher education, which the magazine began offering in 2009.[11]

College rankings

Washington Monthly's annual college and university rankings,[12] a deliberate alternative college guide to U.S. News & World Report and Forbes College Rankings among domestic publications, began as a research report in 2005. It was introduced as an official set of rankings in the September 2006 issue.[13]

Its "National Universities Rankings", most recently published in 2016, began as a research report in 2005, with rankings appearing in the September 2006 issue. Washington Monthly rates schools "based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country)."[14]

Current national rankings

Top national universities 2019 Rank[15] Location Top liberal arts colleges 2019 Rank[15] Location
Stanford University 1  California Washington and Lee University 1  Virginia
Harvard University 2  Massachusetts Harvey Mudd College 2  California
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3  Massachusetts Amherst College 3  Massachusetts
Yale University 4  Connecticut Berea College 4  Kentucky
Duke University 5  North Carolina Bowdoin College 5  Maine
University of Pennsylvania 6  Pennsylvania Middlebury College 6  Vermont
University of California, San Diego 7 California California Vassar College 7  New York
Princeton University 8 New Jersey New Jersey Pomona College 8  California
Georgetown University 9  Washington, D.C. Wesleyan University 9  Connecticut
Texas A&M University, College Station 10  Texas Claremont McKenna College 10  California
University of California, Davis 11  California Haverford College 11  Pennsylvania
University of California, Los Angeles 12  California Williams College 12  Massachusetts
Columbia University 13 New York (state) New York College of the Holy Cross 13  Massachusetts
Utah State University 14  Utah Bryn Mawr College 14  Pennsylvania
Brigham Young University 15  Utah Swarthmore College 15  Pennsylvania


The Washington Monthly receives financial support from the Lumina Foundation to provide coverage of post-secondary education-related issues.[16] The magazine has also received funding from the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy,[17] the Carnegie Corporation of New York,[18] and individual supporters, including Warren Buffett and Markos Kounalakis.[2]


  1. ^ Peters, Charles. "Why bad news should always trickle up ... Polyester and merlot ... The hippest fund-raiser in New York". Washington Monthly (Jan-Feb 2014). Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b Carr, David (April 22, 2002). "New Life for Washington Watchdog". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Birnbaum, Jeffrey H. (February 19, 2008). "Common Cause, Washington Monthly Explore a Common Future". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Calderone, Michael (May 27, 2008). "Washington Monthly not merging with Common Cause". Politico. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Media Bias". Politics Unspun. 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Kilgore, Ed (December 24, 2015). "Is America Really Moving Left?". New York Magazine. New York Media, LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Karlgaard, Rich (September 14, 2006). "Republicans For Divided Government". Forbes. Forbes, LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "And that's a wrap". Washington Monthly. January 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ Glastris, Paul (November 20, 2015). "Ed Kilgore: Some Going Away Thoughts". Washington Monthly. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Welcome to the New Washingtonmonthly.com". Washington Monthly. April 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ "Welcome". Washington Monthly. September 2009. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide
  13. ^ "The Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide"
  14. ^ "2019 National University Rankings". The Washington Monthly. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Washington Monthly's National Universities Rankings". The Washington Monthly. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "Strategic Media Partners: Washington Monthly Corporation". Lumina Foundation. 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  17. ^ Hagey, Keach (July 1, 2011). "Liberal journalism's fickle godfather". Politico. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "Grants Database: Washington Monthly Corporation". Carnegie Corporation of New York. 2016. Retrieved 2016.
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