Heather Mac Donald
AUTHOR

Heather Mac Donald

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald's work at City Journal has canvassed a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing and "racial" profiling, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Mac Donald's newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.

Other previous works include The Burden of Bad Ideas (2001), a collection of Mac Donald's City Journal essays, details the effects of the 1960s counterculture's destructive march through America's institutions. In The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today's (2007), coauthored with Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga, she chronicles the effects of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country's porous borders. In Are Cops Racist? (2010), another City Journal anthology, Mac Donald investigates the workings of the police, the controversy over so-called racial profiling, and the anti-profiling lobby's harmful effects on black Americans.

A nonpracticing lawyer, Mac Donald clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a volunteer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate Committees. In 1998, Mac Donald was appointed to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's task force on the City University of New York. In 2004, she received the Civilian Valor Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers. In 2008, Mac Donald received the Integrity in Journalism Award from the New York State Shields, as well as the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration from the Center for Immigration Studies. In 2012, she received the Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication from the International Union of Police Associations.

A frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and other TV and radio programs, Mac Donald holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, graduating with a Mellon Fellowship to Cambridge University, where she earned an M.A. in English and studied in Italy through a Clare College study grant. She holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.

Read more Read less
You're getting a free audiobook.
$14.95 per month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Best Sellers

    • The Diversity Delusion

    • How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture
    • By: Heather Mac Donald
    • Narrated by: Pam Ward, Heather Mac Donald - intro
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 521
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 473
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 467

    The Diversity Delusion argues that the root of this problem is the belief in America’s endemic racism and sexism, a belief that has engendered a metastasizing diversity bureaucracy in society and academia....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Definition of the campus 'diversity' issue

    • By Wayne on 09-10-18

    Regular price: $18.89

    • The War on Cops

    • How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
    • By: Heather Mac Donald
    • Narrated by: Pam Ward
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192

    The War on Cops exposes the truth about officer use of force and explodes the conceit of "mass incarceration". A rigorous analysis of data shows that crime, not race, drives police actions....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book if you want the truth!

    • By Paul Collins on 01-31-17

    Regular price: $26.59

    • The Burden of Bad Ideas

    • How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society
    • By: Heather MacDonald
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 15

    In closely reported stories from the streets of New York to the seats of intellectual power, MacDonald shows how bad ideas get started and then acquire a life of their own....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shining the cold light of truth . . .

    • By Mike on 05-03-05

    Regular price: $26.60

Are you an author?

Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.