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Ross Douthat


Ross Douthat  joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009, the youngest such columnist ever hired by the Times.  He is also film critic for the National Review, and was previously senior editor at The Atlantic and blogger for

Douthat’s latest book is Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, in which he charts institutional Christianity from the culture wars of the 1960s and 70s to the polarizing debates of today.

He is also the co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream, published in 2008; and the 2005 book Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class.  Douthat graduated from Harvard in 2002.

Douthat was baptized Episcopalian, attended evangelical and Pentecostal churches in his youth, and converted to Catholicism at age 17.  A native of New Haven, CT, he lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and baby.