Stephen D. Solomon is Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism at New York University, where he teaches First Amendment law and is associate director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Fortune, and other major publications and has earned several national journalism awards.
Solomon holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Ellery's Protest and the coauthor of Building 6: The Tragedy at Bridesburg.
His next book, Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Won the Freedom of Speech, will explore how the raucous political debate of the founding period gave meaning to the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press. The book will be published by St. Martin's Press early in 2016.
Ellery's Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle Over School Prayer tells the story of one of the most controversial Supreme Court cases of the last century, Abington School District v. Schempp—the 1963 ruling that state-sponsored prayer and Bible reading in the public schools violated the First Amendment.
The case raises a perfect storm in American politics—where concerns over faith, children, and education collide. Learn more about the book and read an excerpt.