Ian MacDougall has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, The Economist's 1843 Magazine, and n+1, among other publications. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Journalism School, and 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. 

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 vexing 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.