It can be difficult in journalism to do something truly distinctive. It is even more difficult to achieve this consistently at unparalleled levels of excellence. In his explorations of ideas, culture and text, Carlos Lozada has achieved both, with award-winning results that have delighted readers for years. That’s why we’re very excited to announce that he will be joining The New York Times in September as its newest Opinion Columnist.
From his position as non-fiction book reviewer at the Washington Post, Carlos has revolutionized form, bringing ambition, rigor and brilliant writing to his reflection on the ideas, arguments, dynamics and politics that drive societies and shape the human condition. . Whether analyzing some 150 titles for his own 2020 book, “What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era,” or carefully examining the meaning and impact of 9/11 on Through his most notable literature, to convincingly reach his own immigrant experience, Carlos captures the moment when America lives, shatters it, and explains its many tensions and unresolved questions. You can see all of this to great effect in her brilliant review, following the Dobbs ruling in June, of the Supreme Court’s three major decisions on abortion rights, an article that our former colleague Jen Senior called Roe “the best paper I’ve read by a mile. His critical work has been marked by a deep understanding of history as well as a keen ear for how power and opportunity work today For this effort, he was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
But what’s fascinating about Carlos is that he can also see through the eyes of an editor. Before taking on the role of nonfiction book reviewer in 2015, Carlos served as Outlook editor, national security editor and economics editor during his 17 years in Washington. Post. In addition to winning a Pulitzer in 2019, he was a Pulitzer finalist in 2018. Prior to The Post, he was editor of Foreign Policy magazine. He was included as a member of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Class of 2021 Great Immigrants and received the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Criticism and the Kukula Award for Excellence in Criticism. non-fiction books.
Carlos earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University. He was Adjunct Professor of American Political Journalism for the Notre Dame Program in Washington from 2009-2021 and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. He is also a member of the Pulitzer Board of Directors.
Carlos was born in Peru and shared his childhood between Lima and Northern California. He became a US citizen in late 2014; his first vote in the United States was in the 2016 presidential election.
Friends of The Post have told us over the years what a wonderful colleague Carlos was – a joy to work, talk and think about. We can’t wait for you to meet him. It will start on September 1. Please join us in welcoming him to Opinion and The Times.