Heather Mac Donald

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Heather Mac Donald
Born 1956 (age 57–58)
Residence New York City
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Education Andover,
Yale (1978),
Stanford law school (1985)
Occupation Essayist, author
Known for conservative advocacy
Religion None (Atheist)

Heather Lynn Mac Donald (born 1956) is an American political commentator and journalist described as a secular conservative.[1][2] She has advocated positions on numerous subjects including victimization,[3] philanthropy,[4][5] immigration reform,[6][7] crime prevention,[8][9][10][11][12][13][14] racism,[11][15][16] racial profiling,[17] rape,[18] politics,[15][19][20] welfare,[21][22] and matters pertaining to cities[20] and academia.[18] In 2000, columnist George F. Will praised her thinking about urban problems.[20] She is a John M. Olin Fellow of the Manhattan Institute.[23] Critic Robin Finn of the New York Times described her as an "influential institute thinker".[20] New York Times critic Allen D. Boyer described her book The Burden of Bad Ideas (2000) as having the "freshness of a stiff, changing breeze".[4] In addition, she is a contributing editor to New York's City Journal,[23] and a lawyer by training.[24] She has written numerous editorials in newspapers such as USA Today[2] and is the author of several books. She was born in California,[20] graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover in 1974 and graduated from Yale's Berkeley College in 1978,[25] then attended Cambridge, and graduated from Stanford law school in 1985.



  1. ^ Mark Oppenheimer (February 18, 2011). accessdate= 2011-02-19 "A Place on the Right for a Few Godless Conservatives". New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Heather Mac Donald (2010-11-04). "Conservatism doesn't need God". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  3. ^ Heather Mac Donald (2006-05-29). "Not another class of victims". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  4. ^ a b Allen D. Boyer, reviewing Mac Donald's The Burden of Bad Ideas (December 24, 2000). "Books in Brief: Nonfiction". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  5. ^ Heather Mac Donald (Winter 2009). "Never Enough Beauty, Never Enough Truth". City Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  6. ^ George F. Will (May 24, 2007). "A Bill That Earned Its Doubters". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  7. ^ John Riofrio (August 14, 2010). "Cable Loves Big White Families". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  8. ^ Lance Morrow (January 29, 2006). "Necessity or Atrocity?". The New York Times: Books. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  9. ^ Heather Mac Donald (May 31, 2004). "Common Sense and Computer Analysis". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  10. ^ Julian Sanchez (September 10, 2003). "PATRIOTism Debated: Heather Mac Donald and Julian Sanchez discuss government power in the War On Terror". Reason Magazine. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  11. ^ a b Heather Mac Donald (July 15, 2008). "Cities You Can Believe In". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  12. ^ HEATHER MACDONALD (October 2, 2010). "San Franciscans Try to Take Back Their Streets". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  13. ^ Heather Max Donald (January 4, 2010). "A Crime Theory Demolished". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  14. ^ A transcript of the weekend's program on FOX News channel -- Paul Gigot, Heather Mac Donald (February 8, 2010). "Hey, Big Spender". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  15. ^ a b Heather Mac Donald (April 30, 2008). "The Wright Side of the Brain". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  16. ^ a b Clair MacDougall (July 15, 2010). "NYPD Sued Over Housing Project "Vertical Patrols"". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  17. ^ Mike Pesca (August 3, 2005). "NYC Mulls Effectiveness of Racial Profiling". NPR. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  18. ^ a b Mac Donald, Heather. "The Campus Rape Myth". City Journal. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  19. ^ "Are Smashed Windows Signs Of Cultural Divide?". NPR. March 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  20. ^ a b c d e ROBIN FINN (November 28, 2000). "Excoriating the Enablers, in 12 Chapters". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  21. ^ Geofferey Campden (August 14, 1999). "Food-Stamp Decline Is a Real Concern". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  22. ^ Mary Ellen Burns (Aug 12, 1999). "Food-Stamp Decline Is a Real Concern". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  23. ^ a b c Morrow, Lance (2010-11-04). "Articles about Heather Mac Donald". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  24. ^ Manhattan Institute Scholar | Heather Mac Donald
  25. ^ 1985 Yale Alumni Directory, p. 501.

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