Paul Loeb

Author Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Paul Loeb has spent forty years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment--asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others abstain. He’s the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time (St Martin’s Press) and The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times (Basic Books), named the #3 political book of fall 2004 by the History Channel and American Book Association. Both Soul and The Impossible won the Nautilus Award for best social change book, and have over 275,000 copies in print between them, with a new edition of Soul released in 2010 and a new edition of The Impossible in 2014. Paul’s also the author of Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy & Action on the American Campus, Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. He's written for the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, AARP Bulletin, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Psychology Today, The Nation, Redbook, the International Herald Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor, been interviewed on CNN, NPR, C-SPAN, NBC news, CBC, the BBC, and NPR, and lectured at over 400 colleges throughout the country and numerous national and international conferences. Paul participated in the Department of Education’s 2011 roundtable on civic engagement in higher education and founded the Campus Election Engagement Project, a national nonpartisan effort to get colleges help their students to participate in America’s elections. They worked with 300 campuses in 2016. His views in any articles are his own and don't represent any organizations he works with. See