Damon Linker is a senior writing fellow in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania and a Contributing Editor of The New Republic
. He is the former Commentary Editor of Newsweek
/The Daily Beast as well as the author of The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege
and The Religious Test: Why We Must Question the Beliefs of Our Leaders
. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal
, and other leading publications. He has edited First Things
magazine, served as a speechwriter for New York’s Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, and taught political philosophy at Brigham Young University. Linker studied history, philosophy, and writing at Ithaca College, graduating with a BA in 1991. He went on to earn an MA in history from New York University and a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University. Born in New York City, Linker currently lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife
and two children.