Conversations with Tyler: Ross Douthat

Tyler Cowen explores the world of ideas in one-on-one dialogues with today’s top thinkers.

Dec 04, 2017
Founders Hall Auditorium 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Event Speakers

Tyler Cowen

Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University

Ross Douthat


New York Times editorial columnist and leading conservative thinker Ross Douthat will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging dialogue as part of the Mercatus Center’s Conversations with Tyler series.

Douthat began writing for the New York Times as a columnist and blogger in 2009, replacing Bill Kristol as a conservative voice for the editorial page. He was the youngest regular op-ed writer for the publication. His 2008 work Grand New Party was hailed as the "best single roadmap of where the Republican Party should and is likely to head” by David Brooks.

Douthat’s forthcoming book To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism explores Pope Francis’s controversial governance of the Catholic Church and the divide it is creating in Christianity and throughout the world. Douthat argues that the debate Francis has opened over communion for the divorced and the remarried is a Pandora’s box that threatens to separate the church from its own deep past. According to the book, only time will tell if history will view Pope Francis’s stewardship as heroic or detrimental to the church.

Author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (2005), Douthat has also contributed to The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, GQ, and Slate. He is the film critic for National Review and has appeared regularly on television, including Charlie Rose, PBS Newshour, and Real Time with Bill Maher.