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Ross Douthat: Age, Private Life, Education, Career, Bio & More


Ross Gregory Douthat is a political analyst, blogger, author, and New York Times columnist from the United States. He worked for The Atlantic as a senior editor. He has written about a variety of issues, including the condition of Christianity in America and contemporary society’s “sustainable decadence.”

Ross Douthat Private life

Ross Douthat

Douthat was born in San Francisco, California, on November 28, 1979, and raised in New Haven, Connecticut.

Douthat switched to Pentecostalism as an adolescent, then to Catholicism with the rest of his family. Patricia Snow, his mother, is a writer.

Governor Charles Wilbert Snow of Connecticut was his great-grandfather.

Charles Douthat, his father, is a partner in a New Haven law firm and a poet. Douthat married Abigail Tucker, a Baltimore Sun reporter, and Smithsonian writer, in 2007. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his family.

Douthat has written that he has chronic Lyme illness, an undiagnosed condition in mainstream medicine. Soon after he and his family moved to Connecticut in 2015, he began to experience symptoms. His novel, The Deep Places, is about this.


Hamden Hall, a private high school in Hamden, Connecticut, went to Douthat. In 2002, Douthat received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, where he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He wrote for The Harvard Crimson and edited The Harvard Salient while at Harvard.


The New York Times employs Douthat as a columnist regularly.

After replacing Bill Kristol as a conservative voice on the Times opinion page in April 2009, he became the newspaper’s youngest regular op-ed writer.

Before joining The New York Times, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic.

He has written books about the demise of religion in American society, the role of Harvard University in the formation of an American ruling class, and other religious, political, and social issues. Journalist David Brooks called his book Grand New Party (2008), which he co-wrote with Reihan Salam, the “greatest single roadmap of where the Republican Party should and is likely to go.”

The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Success (2020) is Douthat’s most recent book, garnered excellent reviews in The New York Times and National Review. Until 2012, Douthat was a regular on the video debate site Bloggingheads.tv.

In a letter to the editor, Douthat argues that science proves that a zygote (fertilized egg) is a distinct human being and that killing it would be the same as killing a human.

Works that have been published

• Privilege: Harvard and the Ruling Class’s Education Hyperion, New York, 2005, ISBN 978-1-4013-0112-5.

• The Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Save the American Dream by Winning the Working Class Salam to you, Reihan. Doubleday, New York, 2008. ISBN 978-0-385-51943-4.

• How We Became a Nation of Heretics: Bad Religion Free Press, New York, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4391-7830-0. Description.

• To Change the Church: Pope Francis and Catholicism’s Future Simon & Schuster, New York, 2018. ISBN 978-1-5011-4694-7. 2019 pbk reprint

• How We Became Victims of Our Own Success: The Decadent Society Simon & Schuster / Avid Reader Press, 2020. The ISBN is 978-1476785240.

• A Memoir of Illness and Discovery: The Deep Places ISBN 0-59-323736-6. Convergent Books, October 26, 2021.

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