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Ross Douthat

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.

Read his blog, Evaluations, and follow him on Twitter.

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. 

Undergraduate Seminars

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. 

In Spring 2019, Ross leads a seminar for undergraduates on “Liberalism and Its Critics.”