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.

The American Ideas Institute Board of Trustees

Jeremy Beer is the President of the American Ideas Institute, which publishes The American Conservative. He has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2000. Prior to co-founding American Philanthropic, LLC, in 2009, he was vice president of publishing and information systems at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, where he also served as the editor in chief of the institute’s award-winning press, ISI Books.

As a partner at American Philanthropic, Jeremy has worked closely with dozens of philanthropies and nonprofit clients in such areas as strategic planning, message creation, program analyses and audits, major-donor club creation and implementation, direct mail, grantwriting, and collateral material development. He is also the co-founder of AmP Publishers Group and has served as a literary agent for a select group of clients, including the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn family.

Jeremy has published more than forty essays and articles on philanthropy, culture, and politics in various academic and popular journals. He has lectured at Georgetown University, Calvin College, Augustana College, national meetings of the American Political Science Association, and elsewhere.

Jeremy holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, where he held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is a member of the Mars Hill Audio, Front Porch Republic, and Catholic Phoenix boards of directors.

Wick Allison is the Chairman of the Board of the American Ideas Institute. He also serves as publisher and editor in chief of D Magazine, which he founded in 1974 and returned to in 1995. A fifth-generation Texan, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University’s Graduate School of Business in Dallas. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked in the White House and served in the U.S. Army. In 1984, Allison left his company and Dallas for New York, where he founded Art & Antiques and built it into the largest circulated art and antiques magazine in the world. He also served as publisher of William F. Buckley’s National Review and made it the only profitable publication in the history of American journals of opinion. Allison edited The Bible Designed to be Read as Living Literature for Simon & Schuster and wrote That’s in the Bible? For Delacorte. His book Condemned to Repeat It: Lessons of History for Leaders was published by Viking in 1997.

Michael C. Desch is professor and chair of the department of political science at Notre Dame. A graduate of Marquette and the University of Chicago, he is the author of numerous articles and books in international relations and foreign policy.

C. Boyden Gray is the former Ambassador to the European Union and former Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Diplomacy. He also served as White House Counsel in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Howard Ahmanson, Jr. is a philanthropist living in Orange County, California.

Scott McConnell co-founded The American Conservative in 2002 and served as its founding editor. A former editorial page editor of The New York Post, McConnell continues to write on immigration and American foreign policy. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia.

George O’Neill is a philanthropist living in Lake Wales, Florida.

Jon Basil Utley is an associate publisher of The American Conservative. Utley is a former foreign correspondent in South America for the Knight Ridder newspapers and for seventeen years was a commentator on the Voice of America. He was formerly associate editor of The Times of the Americas, a contributing editor to The Conservative Digest, and founding editor of The Bogota Bulletin. After his father, a Russian political dissident, was sent to a gulag and killed by Stalin, his mother, Freda Utley, became a prominent anticommunist author and activist.

Robert Merry is the political editor of The National Interest. Previously, he was a correspondent with the Wall Street Journal before becoming the CEO of Congressional Quarterly. He is the author of several books on American history and foreign policy and he holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.