Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker


Paul Tough is the author, most recently, of The Inequality Machine: How College Divides Us (previously titled The Years That Matter Most). His three previous books includeĀ How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which was translated into 27 languages and spent more than a year on theĀ New York TimesĀ hardcover and paperback best-seller lists.

Paul is a contributing writer to theĀ New York Times Magazine; his writing has also appeared in theĀ New Yorker, theĀ Atlantic,Ā GQ, andĀ Esquire, and on theĀ op-ed pageĀ of the New York Times. He is a speaker on topics including education, parenting, equity, and student success.

He has worked as an editor at the New York Times Magazine and Harperā€™s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public-radio program ā€œThis American Life.ā€ He was the founding editor of Open Letters, an online magazine.

He lives with his wife and two sons in Austin, Texas.