Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and White Burkett Miller Professor of History, University of Virginia
Former Executive Director, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission)
Former Counselor, U.S. Department of State
Member, Markle Initiative for America’s Economic Future in a Networked World
Member, Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age

Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia, where he is also the dean leading the University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Zelikow began his professional career as a trial and appellate lawyer in Texas. He later received his Ph.D. from Tufts University’s Fletcher School. As a career diplomat he was posted overseas and in Washington, including service on the NSC staff for President George H.W. Bush.

After teaching at Harvard University during the 1990s, Zelikow went to Virginia, where he directed a research center and teaches history. He has adapted his course on modern world history into a groundbreaking massive open online course, or MOOC. His books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (with Condoleezza Rice), The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis (with Ernest May), and Essence of Decision (with Graham Allison).

Zelikow has taken two leaves from academia to return full-time to government service. In 2003–04 he was the executive director of the 9/11 Commission. In 2005–07 he was Counselor of the Department of State, a deputy to Secretary Rice.

He was a member of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2011 to 2013. A consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he has also served on the advisory board for global development of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was the executive director of the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age (2001–02).