Writer and think tank hero Heather Mac Donald scheduled for December

The Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald will headline the December installment of the Center of the American Experiment popular speaker series, How liberal policies hurt the middle class, the poor, and minorities. Her latest book, The War on Cops (2016), explains how race-based attacks on the criminal-justice system are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.

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.

Other previous works include The Burden of Bad Ideas (2001), a collection of Mac Donald’s City Journal essays detailing 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. Mac Donald is a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and other TV and radio programs. She 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.