About Us

The American Conservative is published by the American Ideas Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate and inform Americans about the need for fiscal responsibility, a prudent foreign policy, and the protection of civil liberties.

In both domestic and foreign affairs, The American Conservative promotes a conservatism of realism and reform. A conservatism of ideas over ideology, and principles over party. In an age of trillion-dollar deficits, crumbling communities, and endless wars and rumors of war, we can no longer allow American public life to be guided by fantasies. The realist knows what Edmund Burke knew: that while revolution is terrifyingly destructive, reform is always necessary, for it is the means of our preservation.

The American Conservative represents a new voice for a new generation of conservatives. We invest in creative thinking about serious challenges facing the United States, from how to rebuild the middle class to how to reconceptualize America’s role in the world, and we are having an impact. The conversation is changing, and our readership is at an all-time high. These readers are people like you, willing to engage in the ideas that will guide our nation’s future.

You can be a part of this effort by joining the American Ideas Institute today! Together we’ll reshape the Right, and move the political debate in more hopeful directions.

The American Conservative team

Daniel McCarthy, editor, has written and lectured widely. His work has appeared in The Spectator, the New York Times, Reason, Orion, and many other outlets. Before becoming editor of The American Conservative he was a senior editor of ISI Books and the internet communications coordinator for the 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaign. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classics.

Benjamin Schwarz, national editor, was for 13 years the literary and national editor at The Atlantic, where he recruited and published writers from Christopher Hitchens to Sandra Tsing Loh. The Los Angeles Times called his books section there “the shrewdest, best-written and most surprising cultural report currently on offer between slick covers.” Before that he was a national correspondent for The Atlantic, executive editor of World Policy Journal, and a national-security analyst at the RAND Corporation.

Maisie Allison, executive editor, manages digital and special projects for The American Conservative. She previously worked for Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish at Newsweek/The Daily Beast and was digital media manager at The New Republic and a media fellow for The Atlantic. She is a graduate of Harvard College.

Jonathan Coppage, associate editor, manages web editorial and runs the “New Urbs” blog at The American Conservative. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, and attended the University of Chicago. Previously he worked for The New Atlantis, and participated in the 2012 Hertog Political Studies Program.

Gracy Olmstead, associate editor, blogs for The American Conservative and is design director for the magazine. She is a graduate of Patrick Henry College and an Idaho native. In addition to The American Conservative, she has written for The Washington Times, the Idaho Press Tribune, The Federalist, and Acculturated.

Rod Dreher, senior editor, focuses on social and cultural conservatism, with a particular interest in religion in the public square. He has written and editor for the New York Post, National Review, The Dallas Morning News, and other publications. Rod’s commentary has been widely published and broadcast. He is the author of two books, Crunchy Cons (2006) and The Little Way of Ruthie Leming (2013). His next book, How Dante Can Save Your Life, will be published in 2015. Rod writes from south Louisiana.

Daniel Larison, senior editor, has contributed to The American Conservative since 2007. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Politico, The Week, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, and The American Scene. He holds a PhD in Byzantine history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas.

Noah Millman, senior editor, is an opinion journalist, critic, screenwriter, and filmmaker who joined The American Conservative in 2012. Prior to joining TAC, he was a regular blogger at The American Scene. Millman’s work has also appeared in First Things, Commentary, and the New York Times Book Review, and on The Economist’s online blogs. Before embarking on a second career as a writer, Millman worked for 16 years in finance.