Lindsay M. Chervinsky

Fast Facts

  • Executive director, George Washington Presidential Library
  • Former senior non-residential fellow, Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University
  • Former historian, White House Historical Association
  • Expertise on the presidency, political culture, U.S. government institutions

Areas Of Expertise

  • Governance
  • Elections
  • Federalism
  • Founding and Shaping of the Nation
  • Leadership
  • Politics
  • The Presidency

Lindsay M. Chervinsky is the executive director of the George Washington Presidential Library. Her expertise is on the presidency, political culture, and U.S. government institutions. Previously, she was a senior non-residential fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University and a historian at the White House Historical Association. 

Chervinsky received her BA in history and political science from the George Washington University and completed her masters and PhD from the University of California, Davis. She has been awarded fellowships at the Library of Congress, the International Center for Jefferson Studies, the Society of Cincinnati, and Mount Vernon.

Chervinsky is the author of the award-winning  book The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, published by Belknap/Harvard University Press in April 2020 and she is the co-editor of  Mourning the Presidents: Loss and Legacy in American Culture, published by University of Virginia Press in February 2023. Her third book, Making the Presidency: John Adams and the Precedents that Forged the Republic, will be published by Oxford University Press in September 2024.

Chervinsky has been published in the Washington Post, TIME, USA Today,, The Bulwark, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, The Daily Beast, and numerous others and she is a regular source on American history for outlets including the BBC, Associated Press, The New York Times, CBC News, CBS News, and CNN.