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Andrew Sullivan (1963-) is a columnist for The Atlantic and a senior editor at The New Republic (TNR) (formerly its Editor). Since 2002, Sullivan has been a columnist for Time Magazine, and a regular guest on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" and NBC's "Chris Matthews' Show." One of the first mainstream journalists to blog, he started the Daily Dish and blogged for Time, but moved to The Atlantic Online in 2007.[1] Once distinctly a conservative, his politics are now eclectic.

In the summer of 2000, Sullivan became one of the first mainstream journalists to experiment with blogging, and soon developed a large online readership with's Daily Dish. Andrew has blogged independently and for, but in February 2007 Andrew moved his blog to The Atlantic Online where he now writes daily. and his book "The Conservative Soul" was published by HarperCollins in 2006.

New media

Referring to Nicholas Carr's essay, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?", he asked,

Are we fast losing the capacity to think deeply, calmly and seriously? Have we all succumbed to internet attention-deficit disorder? Or, to put it more directly: if you’re looking at a monitor right now, are you still reading this, or are you about to click on another link?

Here’s hoping. Shallowness, after all, does not necessarily preclude depth. We just have to find a new equilibrium between the two. We need to be both pond-skaters and scuba divers. We need to master the ability to access facts while reserving time and space to do something mean-ingful with them. [2]

International affairs

While he initially supported the Iraq War, he reversed his position in 2008.

My misjudgment at the deepest moral level of what Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld were capable of—a misjudgment that violated the moral core of the enterprise—was my worst mistake. What the war has done to what is left of Iraq—the lives lost, the families destroyed, the bodies tortured, the civilization trashed—was bad enough. But what was done to America—and the meaning of America—was unforgivable. And for that I will not and should not forgive myself.[3]

He is hostile to neoconservatism.[4]

Values and identity

In 2006, he wrote a Time essay on his difficulties with Christianism, from the perspective of a Christian who has found his faith preempted by the Christian Right, although he opposes the formation of a Christian Left.[5]

In the early 1990s, Sullivan became known for being openly homosexual, and for writing on such issues as gays in the military and same-sex marriage. Sullivan tested positive for HIV in 1993, and remains in good health. He addressed gay issues at book length in two books, and testified before Congress on the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.[1]

In the late 1990s, Sullivan worked as a contributing writer and columnist for the New York Times Magazine, a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times of London. His New York Times cover stories included 'When Plagues End,' a description of the changing AIDS epidemic in 1996, and 'The Scolds,' an analysis of the decline of American conservatism in 1998. His 1999 essay, 'What's So Bad About Hate,' is included in the 'Best American Essays of 1999.' His 2000 cover story on testosterone, 'Why Men Are Different,' provoked a flurry of controversy, as well as a cover-story in Time, and a documentary on the Discovery channel.

Early life

He was born in a small town in Southern England, South Godstone, and grew up in a neighboring town, East Grinstead, in West Sussex. In his summers, he interned as an editorial writer at The Daily Telegraph in London, and at the Centre For Policy Studies, Margaret Thatcher's informal think-tank, where he wrote a policy paper on the environment, called 'Greening The Tories.' At Harvard, he was best known for acting, appearing as Hamlet, Alan in Peter Shaffer's 'Equus,' and Mozart in Shaffer's 'Amadeus.' In the summer of 1985, he travelled through thirty of the United States. [1]


  • Reigate Grammar School
  • Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he took a First in Modern History and Modern Languages. He was also President of the Oxford Union in his Second Year at college, and spent his summer vacations as an actor in the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
  • Harkness Fellowship to Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1984
  • Masters degree in Public Administration in 1986.
  • Ph.D., political science, Harvard University, dissertation "=Intimations Pursued: The Voice of Practice in the Conversation of Michael Oakeshott." The thesis won the Government Department Prize for a dissertation in political science.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Andrew Sullivan, "Andrew's Bio", The Atlantic
  2. Andrew Sullivan (15 June 2008), "Google is giving us pond-skater minds", The Sunday Times
  3. Andrew Sullivan (21 March 2008), "How Did I Get Iraq Wrong? I seriously misjudged Bush's sense of morality.", Slate (magazine)
  4. Philip Klein (12 February 2010), "Andrew Sullivan's Island", American Spectator
  5. Andrew Sullivan (7 May 2006), "My Problem with Christianism", Time