Professor Michael Shelden, PhD

Professor Michael Shelden
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
Despite the debates that still cast parts of his career in doubt, Churchill's most enduring legacy is anchored in something that lies outside of history, something deeply personal and timeless. It is his individual stance as a champion of freedom when the world was at a tipping point between darkness and light, in which his voice and courage helped shift the balance towards the light.

Michael Shelden is Professor of English at Indiana State University, where he has won the top award for excellence in scholarship, the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research/Creativity Award, three times. He earned his PhD in English from Indiana University.

Professor Shelden is the author of six biographies, including Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill, which has been translated into Russian, Chinese, and Portuguese. He has also given lectures on Winston Churchill for The National WWII Museum and the International Churchill Society. Professor Shelden’s book Orwell: The Authorized Biography was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book Mark Twain: Man in White was a New York Times Best Seller, was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by the Library Journal, and was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2010 by the Christian Science Monitor.

For 12 years, Professor Shelden was a features writer for The Daily Telegraph in London. His many scholarly articles and reviews have included publications in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare Quarterly, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Victorian Studies, and the Journal of British Studies.