Jonathan Rauch is a gay, Jewish author, journalist and activist,
born 1960 in Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating from Yale University,
Rauch worked at the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina, for
the National Journal magazine, and finally as a freelance writer.
a senior writer and biweekly columnist for the National Journal,
a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, and a writer-in-residence
at the Brookings Institution, Rauch is also the author of five
critic of U.S. government public policy in general, and specifically
in its relation to homosexuals, Rauch has pursued gay-related
topics as an openly gay author since 1991 when he spoke out against
hate-crimes laws in the National Journal, and is an avid proponent
of same-sex marriage.
is also well known for an article he wrote in The Atlantic Monthly,
March 2003, entitled "Caring for Your Introvert: The habits
and needs of a little-understood group". In this article,
Rauch described his own experiences as an introvert, and how being
an introvert impacted his own life. For many introverts, his piece
became a long sought after explanation of their own personality
traits. Rauch's original article has drawn more traffic to The
Atlantic Monthly site than any other article.