David G. Lefer

David G. Lefer

Director of the Innovation and Technology Forum, Industry Professor

General Engineering, Undergraduate Academics


David Lefer is an Industry Professor at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute, where he directs the Innovation and Technology Forum. Previously a journalist, he worked for the New York Daily News, the China News in Taiwan, and as a co-producer of the PBS talk show The Digital Age. He collaborated with Sir Harold Evans on They Made America, the bestselling book on American innovation which was made into a four-part PBS series. Fortune Magazine named the book one of the 100 business books of the past 75 years. Lefer's newest book, The Founding Conservatives, about the birth of the American right during the Revolutionary War, is being published by Penguin in June 2013.

Authored + Edited Books

The Founding Conservatives: How a Group of Unsung Heroes Saved the American Revolution:


They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, Two Centuries of Innovators: