Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation


Lee Edwards, PhD


Lee Edwards, Ph.D. is co-founder and chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. A leading historian of twentieth century politics and American conservatism, Edwards is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including biographies of leading anti-communist leaders such as Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, Walter Judd. His works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Swedish and French.

Edwards is a distinguished fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. He was the founding director of the Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Edwards is a past president of the Philadelphia Society and a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Among his awards and honors are the Millennium Star of Lithuania, the Cross of Terra Mariana of Estonia, the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy from the Republic of China (Taiwan), the John Ashbrook Award, the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award, the Walter Judd Freedom Award, and an honorary doctoral degree in humane letters from Grove City College.

Edwards earned a doctorate in world politics from the Catholic University of America. He has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University and did graduate work at The Sorbonne, Paris.

He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife Anne, who assists him in all his writing.