Ross Douthat

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Ross Douthat
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BornRoss Gregory Douthat
(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 40)
San Francisco, California, US
  • Columnist
  • author
  • blogger
ResidenceNew Haven, Connecticut, US
Alma materHarvard University
Home townNew Haven, Connecticut, US
Abigail Tucker (m. 2007)

Ross Gregory Douthat[a] (born 1979) is an American author and New York Times columnist.

Personal life[edit]

Douthat was born on November 28, 1979,[citation needed] in San Francisco, California, and 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 Snow, is a writer.[4] His great-grandfather was Governor Charles Wilbert Snow of Connecticut.[citation needed] His father, Charles Douthat, is a partner in a New Haven law firm[5][6] and poet. In 2007, Douthat married Abigail Tucker, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and a writer for Smithsonian.[5] He and his family live in New Haven, Connecticut.[7]


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.[8]


Douthat is a regular blogger and columnist for The New York Times.[9] In April 2009, he became the youngest regular op-ed writer in The New York Times after replacing Bill Kristol as a conservative voice on the Times editorial page.[10][11]

Before joining The New York Times, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic.[12] 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."[13]

Douthat was 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]

  • Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. New York: Hyperion. 2005. ISBN 978-1-4013-0112-5.
  • Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream. With Salam, Reihan. New York: Doubleday. 2008. ISBN 978-0-385-51943-4.
  • Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. New York: Free Press. 2012. ISBN 978-1-4391-7830-0.
  • To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. New York: Simon and Schuster. 2018. ISBN 978-1-5011-4694-7.



  1. ^ Lamb, Brian (May 6, 2009). "Q&A with Ross Douthat". Q&A. Q & A. ( Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
  2. ^ Sheelah Kolhatkar (March 6, 2005). "A Pisher's Privilege". The New York Observer. Retrieved March 30, 2009.
  3. ^ George Packer (May 26, 2008). "The Fall of Conservatism". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  4. ^ Ross Douthat. "Anne Rice's Christ". Retrieved February 3, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Abigail Tucker, Ross Douthat". The New York Times. September 30, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  6. ^ "John Carmichael (1740–1806) and his wife Esther Canfield (1748–1816) of Sand ... - Google Books". 1996.
  7. ^ "Opinion | Your Questions, Answered - The New York Times".
  8. ^ Shah, Huma N. (March 13, 2009). "Crimson Alum Replaces Kristol". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Patricia Cohen (July 20, 2008). "Conservative Thinkers Think Again". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2008.
  10. ^ Calderone, Michael (March 31, 2009). "Douthat enters new Times zone". The Politico. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
  11. ^ Richard Pérez-Peña (March 11, 2009). "Times Hires New Conservative Columnist". The New York Times. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  12. ^ Ross Douthat (April 17, 2009). "A Goodbye". The Atlantic. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
  13. ^ David Brooks (June 27, 2008). "The Sam's Club Agenda". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2008.

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