Andrew is an award-winning editor, author, and blogger. He is the author of the books Virtually Normal, a case for marriage equality; Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival; and The Conservative Soul, a critique of the direction of the American right in the new millennium. He also edited the anthology Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con.
In 1989, Sullivan wrote the first national cover story in favor of marriage equality, and in 1993 wrote a subsequent essay, “The Politics of Homosexuality,” an article The Nation called the most influential of the decade in the gay rights movement. In 2007, he was one of the first political writers to champion the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, and his cover story for The Atlantic, “Why Obama Matters,” was regarded as a milestone in that campaign’s messaging.
From 1991 to 1996, he was the editor of The New Republic, which won three National Magazine Awards in his tenure (two of the awards overlapped with the tenure of Sullivan’s predecessor at the magazine). Sullivan was named editor of the year by Adweek in 1996. From 1996 to 2000 he devoted his time to writing for The New York Times Magazine, penning a weekly column for The Sunday Times in London, and campaigning for marriage equality for gay couples.
He launched his pioneering blog, The Dish, in 2000, and produced more than 115,000 posts over 15 years before ending the site in 2015. In 2016, he joined New York magazine as a contributing editor, where he writes long-form essays and regular political commentary.
He attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a First in Modern History and Modern Languages, and was also President of the Oxford Union. He earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1986, and later earned a Ph.D. from Harvard with a doctorate on the work of Michael Oakeshott.
He lives with his husband and two hound dogs in Washington, D.C., and Provincetown, Massachusetts.