Deborah Fallows

Local Initiatives Fellow

Deborah Fallows is a Local Initiatives Fellow at New America.

Fallows is a writer and a linguist. She has written extensively on language, education, families and work, China, and travel for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, the New York Times, and the Washington Monthly. She is the author of three books, including the national best-seller Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America, co-authored with her husband, James Fallows. They are currently in production with HBO on a documentary based on the book.

Most recently, she was a senior research fellow at the Pew Research Center and before that, director of data architecture for Oxygen Media. Previously, she was an assistant dean and assistant director of admissions at Georgetown University. She is also a contributing writer at The Atlantic. Fallows has an AB from Harvard and a PhD in theoretical linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Deborah Fallows lives with her husband in Washington, D.C. They have two grown sons and five grandchildren.