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 Spring 2018, Ross led an intensive four-part seminar for undergraduates entitled “Life Under Decadence.” In fall 2018, he was a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he co-taught a course on conservatism with Samuel Moyn and Scott Shapiro. In Spring 2019, Ross led a seminar for undergraduates on “Liberalism and Its Critics” with guest discussant Bryan Garsten (Yale, Political Science; Humanities).