Tom Wells is a writer and editor in Tijeras, New Mexico, and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in sociology from Columbia University.
He is the author of three books: The War Within: America's Battle over Vietnam (University of California Press, 1994; Henry Holt, 1996), Wild Man: The Life and Times of Daniel Ellsberg (St. Martin's Press/Palgrave, 2001), and (with Richard A. Leo) The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four (The New Press, 2008). He has also contributed articles to books on the Vietnam War and the 1960s.
He is currently finishing a book of Henry Kissinger's secretly recorded phone conversations when Kissinger was in the Nixon and Ford administrations (Oxford University Press), and another book on the innocence revolution in the U.S. justice system with Richard A. Leo.
He has received fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Columbia University, and the University of California, Berkeley.
He has edited books, articles, and book proposals on many topics.