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Ross Douthat
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Born November 28, 1979
San Francisco, California, United States
Education Harvard University
Occupation author, journalist, blogger
Spouse(s) Abigail Tucker
Religious belief(s) Catholicism

Ross Gregory Douthat (pronounced /ˈdaʊθət/; born November 28, 1979) is an American conservative author and blogger.[1] He was[2] a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (Hyperion, 2005) and, with Reihan Salam, Grand New Party (Doubleday, 2008), which David Brooks called the "best single roadmap of where the [Republican] party should and is likely to head."[3] He 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]



Douthat was born in San Francisco, California, but grew up in New Haven, Connecticut.[6] He attended Hamden Hall, a private high school in Hamden, Connecticut. Douthat graduated from Harvard University in 2002. While there he contributed to The Harvard Crimson and edited the Harvard Salient.[7] As an adolescent Douthat converted to Pentecostalism and then, with the rest of his family,[8] to Catholicism.[9] His mother is writer Patricia Snow.[10] His father, Charles Douthat, is a partner in a New Haven law firm.[11] In 2007 he married Abigail Tucker, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and a writer for Smithsonian Magazine.[11] He and his family live in Washington, D.C..[12]


  • Douthat, Ross Gregory. (2005) Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 978-1401301125
  • Douthat, Ross. Salam, Reihan. (2008) Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385519434


  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. 
  6. ^ Lamb, Brian (May 6, 2009). "Q&A with Ross Douthat". Q&A. ( Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  7. ^ Huma N. Shah (2009-03-13). "Crimson Alum Replaces Kristol". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  8. ^ Sheelah Kolhatkar (March 6, 2005). "A Pisher's Privilege". The New York Observer. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  9. ^ George Packer (2008-05-26). "The Fall of Conservatism". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  10. ^ Ross Douthat. "Anne Rice's Christ". Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  11. ^ a b "Abigail Tucker, Ross Douthat". The New York Times. 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  12. ^ "Biography at The Atlantic". Retrieved 2008-09-09. 

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