Eric Liu

Eric Liu

Eric Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen University. He also directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker; The Gardens of Democracy (co-authored with Nick Hanauer); You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen; and his most recent, Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy. Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. He has served as a board member of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Washington State Board of Education, and the Seattle Public Library and is a co-founder of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. A regular contributor to the Atlantic, Eric can be found on Twitter @ericpliu.

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Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy


These essays challenge us to rehumanize our politics and rekindle a spirit of love and hope in civic life. Become America will prompt you to contemplate our ongoing story as Americans and energize you to help rebuild a country you’re proud to call home.


“Powerful . . . a very needed book for our times and an inspirational one as well.”  — Walter Isaacson, Author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life


“A work of tremendous grace, love, and reach as it crosses boundaries to illuminate our shared humanity.”  — Claudia Rankine, Author of Citizen: An American Lyric


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  • You’re More Powerful Than You Think

    A citizen’s guide to making change happen

  • A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream

    What does it mean to be Chinese American in this moment?

  • The Gardens of Democracy

    A new way of understanding citizenship, the economy, and the role of government. Co-authored with Nick Hanauer.

  • The True Patriot

    Why it’s time to redefine patriotism in America. Co-authored with Nick Hanauer.

  • Guiding Lights

    Stories and lessons from life-changing mentors and teachers from all walks.

  • Imagination First

    All innovation begins with imagination. Here’s how to cultivate it. Co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon.

  • The Accidental Asian

    Reflections on race in America beyond black and white.