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

Ross Douthat
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Douthat on Bloggingheads.tv
Born
Ross Gregory Douthat

(1979-11-28) November 28, 1979 (age 39)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationAuthor, journalist, blogger
Spouse(s)Abigail Tucker

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Personal lifeEdit

Douthat was born in San Francisco 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 Jeanette Snow, is a writer.[4] His great-grandfather was Governor Charles Wilbert Snow of Connecticut.[citation needed] His father, Charles Ross 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, CT.[7]

EducationEdit

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]

CareerEdit

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 Bloggingheads.tv 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.

Controversial writingsEdit

Douthat published a number of essays that included statements that were later criticized. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Douthat wrote that Chile was fortunate to have the brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet, and Douthat downplayed the murder of thousands of journalists and political activists by the Pinochet regime.[14]

Douthat deemed the appointment of a gay minister to the Memorial Church of Harvard University "completely appalling," adding that: "Tolerance for gays means intolerance for others, namely those who cling to what the Harvard University Administration regards as outdated nonsense--the idea that not all sexual behavior is morally equivalent."[15]

Published worksEdit

  • 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. New York: Doubleday. (2008) ISBN 978-0-385-51943-4 (with Salam, Reihan).
  • 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lamb, Brian (May 6, 2009). "Q&A with Ross Douthat". Q&A. Q & A. (c-spanarchives.org). 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. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/opinion/columnists/the-argument-listener-questions-new-years-2018.html
  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. politico.com. 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.
  14. ^ The Real News Network, 19 Dec. 2018, "NY Times Columnist Ross Douthat Defended Murderous Dictator Pinochet in His Harvard Days"
  15. ^ The Real News Network, 19 Dec. 2018, "NY Times Columnist Ross Douthat Defended Murderous Dictator Pinochet in His Harvard Days"

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