Larissa MacFarquhar

Emerson Fellow

Larissa MacFarquhar, Emerson Fellow, is writing a book about the decision to stay, leave, or return to a hometown, how that can affect a person’s worldview, and how countless such decisions shift America’s politics. Her previous book, Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help, told the stories of people with an extreme sense of ethical duty, and traced a history of attitudes towards them. Since 1998 she has been a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, where she has written recently about the Bronx Family Court and Trump voters in West Virginia. Her profile subjects have included philosopher Derek Parfit, candidate Barack Obama, and poet John Ashbery.

All Work

Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On

Larissa MacFarquhar wrote about a thriving rural community in Iowa for the New Yorker discussing the lessons we can learn from it

Chelsea Manning on Life After Prison

National Fellow Larissa MacFarquhar interviewed Chelsea Manning at the 2017 New York Festival for WNYC New York.

The Gentleness of John Ashbery

Larissa MacFarquhar wrote an article for the New Yorker reflecting on the recently deceased American poet, John Ashbery.