Bachelor in Government, Connecticut College, 1989. Master of Arts in International Relations, Fletcher School Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Massachusetts, 1993. Master of Arts in Creative Writing, Boston University, 1994.
Teacher The Gordon School, Providence, 1990-1991. Copy editor The Hill, Washington, 1994—1995, executive editor, 1995—1996. Senior editor The New Republic magazine.
Staff writer The New Yorker, since 2003. Contributor New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Wall St. Journal, The New Republic.
Married Kyra Darnton, 2002. 2 children.