Ross Douthat

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Ross Douthat
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Born Ross Gregory Douthat
(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 35)
San Francisco, California, United States
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Author, Journalist, Blogger
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Abigail Tucker

Ross Gregory Douthat (/ˈdθət/; born November 28, 1979) is a conservative American author, blogger[1] and New York Times columnist. He was a senior editor at The Atlantic [2] and wrote Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press, 2012), Grand New Party (Doubleday, 2008) with Reihan Salam, and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (Hyperion, 2005). David Brooks called Grand New Party the "best single roadmap of where the Republican Party should and is likely to head."[3] Douthat is a film critic for National Review and has also contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review of Books, GQ, Slate, and other publications. In addition, he frequently appears on the video debate site In April 2009, he became an online and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, replacing Bill Kristol as a conservative voice on the Times editorial page.[4] Douthat is the youngest regular op-ed writer in the paper's history,[5] and has been described as "the New York Times' most consistently thoughtful and level-headed opinion columnist"[6] and "the best Times columnist by far".[7]

Personal life[edit]

Douthat was born in San Francisco, California, but grew up in New Haven, Connecticut.[8] He 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] As an adolescent Douthat converted to Pentecostalism and then, with the rest of his family,[10] to Catholicism.[11] His mother is writer Patricia Snow.[12] His father, Charles Douthat, is a partner in a New Haven law firm[13] and an award winning poet. In 2007 Douthat married Abigail Tucker, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and a writer for Smithsonian.[13] He and his family live in Washington, D.C.[14]



  1. ^ Patricia Cohen (2008-07-20). "Conservative Thinkers Think Again". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  2. ^ Ross Douthat (2009-04-17). "A Goodbye". Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  3. ^ David Brooks (2008-06-27). "The Sam's Club Agenda". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  4. ^ Richard Pérez-Peña (2009-03-11). "Times Hires New Conservative Columnist". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  5. ^ Calderone, Michael (March 31, 2009). "Douthat enters new Times zone". The Politico ( Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
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  7. ^ Gobry, Pascal-Emmanuel (June 18, 2014). "Here's The Most Interesting Hour-And-A-Half Video You Can Watch.". Forbes ( Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Lamb, Brian (May 6, 2009). "Q&A with Ross Douthat". Q&A. Q & A. ( Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  9. ^ Huma N. Shah (2009-03-13). "Crimson Alum Replaces Kristol". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  10. ^ Sheelah Kolhatkar (March 6, 2005). "A Pisher's Privilege". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  11. ^ George Packer (2008-05-26). "The Fall of Conservatism". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  12. ^ Ross Douthat. "Anne Rice's Christ". Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  13. ^ a b "Abigail Tucker, Ross Douthat". The New York Times. 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  14. ^ "Biography at The Atlantic". Retrieved 2008-09-09. 

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