Philip Dray has authored or co-authored seven books on American history and culture and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has contributed to the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and Mother Jones. From 1994-2000 he was a staff writer at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
He is an adjunct faculty instructor in the Literary Studies Division at the Eugene Lang College, and has taught American civil rights history at The New School. Dray is a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.