About Dr. Betsy McCaughey

BETSY MCCAUGHEY, PH.D. is a constitutional scholar with a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a public policy expert, and a former Lt. Governor of New York State. In 1993 she read the 1,362-page Clinton health bill, warned the nation what it said, and made history. Today she is doing it again.

She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Beating Obamacare, and its sequel, Beating Obamacare 2014. McCaughey is also a syndicated columnist and weekly columnist for the New York Post, where she has strongly endorsed Donald Trump’s policy positions.

In 2004, McCaughey founded and is now Chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (also known as RID), a nationwide educational campaign to stop hospital-acquired infections. RID has won legislation in over 34 states for public reporting of infection rates.

Betsy McCaughey is the author of over three hundred scholarly and popular articles. Her previous books include two histories of the United States Constitution. She has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University, and she produced prize-winning studies while at two think tanks, the Manhattan Institute and later the Hudson Institute. She is currently a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research.


Columbia University, Ph.D., 1976

  • Dissertation defended with distinction
  • Richard B. Morris Prize
  • Bancroft Dissertation Award
  • John Jay Fellowship

Columbia University, Master of Arts, 1972

Vassar College, Bachelor of Arts, 1970

  • General and Departmental Honors
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
  • Herbert H. Lehman Fellowship
  • Honorary Vassar Fellowship

Professional Positions

  • 2015-present: Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research
  • 2003-present: Columnist and Author
  • 2003-present: Founder and Chairman of Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths
  • 1998-2002: Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
  • 1994-1998: Lt. Governor of New York State
  • 1992-1994: John M. Olin Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • 1989-1992: Senior Scholar, Center for the Study of the Presidency
  • 1986-1988: Guest Curator, The New York Historical Society
  • 1983-1984: Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 1979-1983: Lecturer, then Assistant Professor Columbia University
  • 1977-1978: Visiting Assistant Professor, Vassar College

Post-doctoral Awards and Prizes

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • John M. Olin Fellowship
  • L. Mencken Award
  • National Magazine Award for “No Exit,” a critique of the Clinton Health Plan
  • Annual Prize from the American Society of Anesthesiologists


  • Beating Obamacare 2014 (Regnery, 2014)
  • Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for Surviving the New Health Care Law (Regnery, 2013)
  • Decoding the Obama Health Law: What You Need to Know (Paperless Publishing, 2012)
  • The Obama Health Law: What It Says and How to Overturn It (Encounter Broadside, 2010)
  • Government by Choice: Inventing the United States Constitution (Basic Books, 1987) with Preface by Chief Justice Warren Burger, Ret., and Foreword by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • From Loyalist to Founding Father: The Political Odyssey of William Samuel Johnson (Columbia University Press, 1980)



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