Ian MacDougall has written for Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Guardian, Slate, and n+1, among other publications. He has been a contributing reporter at ProPublica, a contributing writer for TheAtlantic.com, and a reporter for the Associated Press, with stints in the Oslo, Norway, and Providence, Rhode Island, bureaus. As an AP reporter in Norway, he covered the July 2011 bombing and mass shooting perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik.

Ian is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia Law School. After law school, he clerked for federal judges in Brooklyn and Washington, D.C., and spent a year as the First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times. As a Fulbright Scholar in Oslo, he conducted research on literature, memorial, and the vexed legacy of the Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun. For a time, he drove a school bus on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in southwestern South Dakota.

He lives in New York.