Susan Jacoby, a regular On Faith panelist, is the author of nine books, including the bestselling “The Age of American Unreason.” Program director of the Center for Inquiry-New York City, a rationalist think tank, Jacoby is an independent scholar whose work now focuses on American intellectual history. She is a member of the advisory board of the Secular Coalition for America. She began her writing career as a reporter for The Washington Post.
Jacoby’s “Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism” (2004), was hailed in The New York Times as an “ardent and insightful work” that “seeks to rescue a proud tradition from the indifference of posterity.” Named a notable nonfiction book of 2004 by The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, Freethinkers was cited in England as one of the outstanding international books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian. Freethinkers was featured in an interview on NOW with Bill Moyers.
Jacoby’s previous books, include “Moscow Conversations” (1972), based on her experiences in Moscow from 1969 to 1971. Among her other books are “Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge” (Harper & Row), a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1984, and “Half-Jew: A Daughter’s Search for Her Family’s Buried Past” (Scribner, 2000).
Jacoby has been a contributor for more than 25 years, on topics including law, religion, medicine, aging, women’s rights, political dissent in the Soviet Union, and Russian literature, to a wide range of periodicals and newspapers. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Book World, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Newsday, Harper’s, The Nation, Vogue, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, and the AARP Magazine, among other publications. They have been reprinted in numerous anthologies of columns and magazine articles.