Ross Douthat

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Ross Douthat
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Born Ross Gregory Douthat
(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 37)
San Francisco, California, United States
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Author, journalist, blogger
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Abigail Tucker

Ross Gregory Douthat (/ˈdθæt/; born November 28, 1979) is an American author, blogger and New York Times columnist.

Personal life[edit]

Douthat was born in San Francisco, California, but grew up in New Haven, Connecticut.[1] As an adolescent, Douthat converted to Pentecostalism and then, with the rest of his family,[2] to Catholicism.[3]

His mother, Patricia Jeanette Snow, is a writer.[4] His great-grandfather was Governor Charles Wilbert Snow of Connecticut.[5] His father, Charles Ross Douthat, is a partner in a New Haven law firm[6][7] and poet. In 2007, Douthat married Abigail Tucker, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and a writer for Smithsonian.[6] He and his family live in Washington, D.C.[8]


Douthat attended Hamden Hall, a private high school in Hamden, Connecticut. Douthat graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 2002, where he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While there he contributed to The Harvard Crimson and edited the Harvard Salient.[9]


Douthat is a regular blogger and columnist for The New York Times.[10] He is the youngest regular op-ed writer in the New York Times,[11] having replaced Bill Kristol as a conservative voice on the Times editorial page in April 2009.[12]

Before joining The New York Times, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic.[13] His published books are Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (2012), Grand New Party (2008) with Reihan Salam, and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005). He frequently appeared on the video debate site until 2012.

David Brooks called Grand New Party the "best single roadmap of where the Republican Party should and is likely to head."[14]

Douthat is a film critic for National Review and has also contributed to The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review of Books, GQ, Slate, and other publications.

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ Lamb, Brian (May 6, 2009). "Q&A with Ross Douthat". Q&A. Q & A. ( Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ Sheelah Kolhatkar (March 6, 2005). "A Pisher's Privilege". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  3. ^ George Packer (2008-05-26). "The Fall of Conservatism". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ Ross Douthat. "Anne Rice's Christ". Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Ross Douthat on Twitter". Twitter. 
  6. ^ a b "Abigail Tucker, Ross Douthat". The New York Times. 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  7. ^ "John Carmichael (1740-1806) and his wife Esther Canfield (1748-1816) of Sand ... - Google Books". 
  8. ^ "Biography at The Atlantic". Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  9. ^ Huma N. Shah (2009-03-13). "Crimson Alum Replaces Kristol". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  10. ^ Patricia Cohen (2008-07-20). "Conservative Thinkers Think Again". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  11. ^ Calderone, Michael (March 31, 2009). "Douthat enters new Times zone". The Politico. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  12. ^ Richard Pérez-Peña (2009-03-11). "Times Hires New Conservative Columnist". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  13. ^ Ross Douthat (2009-04-17). "A Goodbye". Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  14. ^ David Brooks (2008-06-27). "The Sam's Club Agenda". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 

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