Louisa Thomas, National Fellow, is a staff writer at the New Yorker, where she writes about sports. She is the author of Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams, a biography of the former First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams (1775-1852), and Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family — A Test of Will and Faith in World War I, about her great-grandfather, Norman Thomas, and his three brothers. She is also the coauthor, with John Urschel, of Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football, and the co-editor, with Mary Pilon, of Losers: Dispatches from the Other Side of the Scoreboard. A former writer and editor for Grantland, her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Vogue, Racquet, the annual Best American Sports Writing anthologies, and other places. An avid runner, chess enthusiast, and tennis player, she lives outside of Boston with her husband and young daughter.