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Thomas Frank
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Frank at the 2010 Texas Book Festival
Born Thomas Carr Frank
(1965-03-21) March 21, 1965 (age 53)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Residence Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Virginia (B.A.) University of Chicago (M.A., Ph.D.)
Occupation Political analyst, columnist, historian, journalist
Known for Co-founder of The Baffler, culture war author
Notable work What's the Matter with Kansas?

Thomas Carr Frank (born March 21, 1965) is an American political analyst, historian, and journalist. He co-founded and edited The Baffler magazine. Frank has written several books, most notably What's the Matter with Kansas? (2004) and Listen, Liberal (2016). From 2008 to 2010 he wrote "The Tilting Yard", a column in the Wall Street Journal.

A historian of culture and ideas, Frank analyzes trends in American electoral politics and propaganda, advertising, popular culture, mainstream journalism, and economics. His topics include the rhetoric and impact of culture wars in American political life and the relationship between politics and culture in the United States.


Frank was originally a College Republican,[1] but he has come to be highly critical of conservatism, especially the presidency of George W. Bush. Frank summarized the thesis of his book The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule as "Bad government is the natural product of rule by those who believe government is bad."[2]

Frank's other writings include essays for Harper's Magazine, Le Monde diplomatique, Bookforum, and the Financial Times. His book What's the Matter with Kansas?, published in 2004, earned him nationwide and international recognition.

Since December 2010, Frank has written the monthly "Easy Chair" column for Harper's Magazine, alternating bi-monthly with Rebecca Solnit.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Frank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Mission Hills, Kansas. He graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School, and in 1988 from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history after transferring from the University of Kansas in his freshman year. Frank received a Master of Arts degree in history in 1990 and a doctorate in history in 1994 from the University of Chicago. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and children.



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  2. ^ "Bill Moyers interviews Thomas Frank". PBS. August 1, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 

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