Tom Wells is an author of three books: The War Within: America’s Battle over Vietnam, Wild Man: The Life and Times of Daniel Ellsberg, and (with Richard A. Leo) The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four.

He has also contributed articles to books on the Vietnam War and the 1960s. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

He has received fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, George Soros's 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 is finishing a book with Richard A. Leo on the innocence revolution in the criminal justice system.

He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he does freelance book editing.