Hi there. I’m a writer based in Houston, TX. I blog about American politics for The Economist and study creative writing at the University of Houston.

My work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Economist, The Daily, The Boston Review, Reason, Forbes, The Daily Beast, Bloomberg, Slate, Prospect, and a variety of other publication online and off. I’ve been a columnist for The Week, a regular writer for The Economist‘s Free Exchange economics blog, a regular on Bloggingheads TV, and a regular commentator for American Public Media’s radio program Marketplace. I also dabble in illustration. So far, my illustration work has appeared in Defunct and The Atlantic online.

A recovering Washingtonian, I was a research fellow at the Cato Institute for five years, and before that did stints at the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies.

I live in Houston, Texas with my fiancée, Kerry Howley and our Vizsla, Winston.

18 thoughts on “About”

  1. […] apparent in recent years, as demonstrated in the writings of Brink Lindsey (of liberaltarian fame), Will Wilkinson, and others. And that brings us back to the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog (or BHL, as its fans […]

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  2. […] norms that have been embraced by insular élites (e.g., academics and think-tank denizens like Wilksinson) and then foisted upon “the masses” by the élites in charge of government and […]

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  3. Hi Will,
    I created the Exploring the Illusion of Free Will Meetup in Manhattan in April 2010, began cablecasting and streaming my weekly White Plains, New York cable TV show, Exploring the Illusion of Free Will in January 2011, for the last several months have co-hosted the in-preview Manhattan Neighborhood Network live call-in show Myth Free Will, and last month published and edited transcript of the first eighteen episodes of my show.

    Check out episode 38 on my home page, and I hope we can arrange to talk.



  4. Hi will,

    Is there any chance you’re around the DC area over the next week or two ? I’m a fifth-year law student visiting from Canberra, doing an internship here with Congress. I’m writing a paper on political strategies, viz. that of the GOP, and was hoping to have a chat if you’re around. I spoke to an old colleague of yours, Sallie James, and she told me you’re the go to person for political analysis.

    anyway, if you have any time I’d really appreciate it


    1. Josh, Sorry I didn’t see this sooner. Anyway, I’m almost never in DC these days. Best of luck with your internship. – WIll

  5. Hello Mr. Wilkinson,

    I am a current undergraduate at Swarthmore College, studying psychology (focusing on humanistic/positive psychology, and economic psychology) and economics. The student body is extremely left-wing, as am I, but I try learn different perspectives and share them with the community. I was wondering if I might be able to interview you (phone/video chat) about your views on the happiness and public/economic policy for the student newspaper.

    Thank you very much and please have a good day.


    1. Rosicler Ruza disse:Olá Lina, tenho acmpaanhodo suas dicas desde que meu marido e eu decidimos comemorar nossa bodas de prata em Paris. Suas dicas valiosas tornarão nossa visita mais alegre e mais festiva. Estamos na contagem regressiva, no próximo dia 06 estaremos chegando e já estou emocionada! Um abraço e obrigada!

  6. Just by the way, Will, I followed the link you provided to your fiancee’s page of articles at Reason, which led me to the Bloggingheads.tv video you and she did back in 2008, and it’s interesting to watch knowing that you two are still together and got engaged. Here’s hoping you have a long and happy life together.


  7. Hello,

    My name is Alex Warner, I am a political science major at Texas State University and am currently working on a project for a class of mine called “Media and Public Opinion.” As part of the project, I am required to obtain surveys from politically active individuals across the country. I would be extremely grateful if you would consider taking the time to complete the attached survey. I have also included a consent form that provides further information on the project. Of course, I’d understand if you are not able to participate. If you are interested in participating, please contact me at the given email address. Thank you for taking the time to review my request!

    Best wishes,
    Alex Warner

  8. Hi Mr. Wilkinson,

    Congratulations on your impending move to Houston! I am an undergraduate at Rice University and I was really excited to hear that you will be moving here. I currently co-head the academic society of my residential college at Rice, and one of our missions is to bring in speakers to expose students to different issues and viewpoints. I was wondering if you would be interested in giving a talk to me and my fellow undergraduates related to your intellectual interests and work. Your blog has always been one of my favorites and I think we could learn a lot from you. I understand you are far from being settled into Houston, but if you are interested I would be happy to follow up with you at a later date.

    Thank you.


    Wei-Yang Tham

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