Since 2009 Ross Douthat has been an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times where every Wednesday and Sunday he has written on politics, religion, moral values and higher education. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. He is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press, 2012) and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (Hachette, 2005), and a co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (Doubleday, 2008). He is the film critic for National Review. He lives with his wife and daughters in New Haven, CT.
Through the Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, Ross is a regular participant in the intellectual life of the Institute, leading luncheon discussions, teaching a multi-part seminar, and moderating panel discussions. He is currently completing a book manuscript examining the idea of political, moral, and cultural decadence.
In fall 2018, Mr. Douthat was a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he co-taught a course on conservatism with Samuel Moyn and Scott Shapiro.
In Spring 2018, Ross led an intensive four-part seminar for undergraduates entitled “Life Under Decadence.” The seminar was dedicated to a diagnosis of our current social, economic and political condition. Critiquing both popular accounts of imminent societal collapse and the ideology of progressive utopianism, the discussion focused on trends of political, social and economic stagnation. What is decadence? Does our civilization qualify as decadent? Can a society persist in a state of decadence without falling into catastrophe and how can decadence be overcome? Taking as its starting point Jacques Barzun’s magisterial From Dawn to Decadence, the seminar featured readings drawn from the works of Aldous Huxley, Peter Thiel, Tyler Cowen, Mark Lilla, Patrick Deneen, and others.
In Spring 2019, Ross will lead a second seminar for undergraduates on “Liberalism and Its Critics.” For information about this seminar, contact Patrick Hough.