Damon Linker is the Commentary Editor of Newsweek/The Daily Beast and a Senior Writing Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege and, most recently, The Religious Test: Why We Must Question the Beliefs of Our Leaders. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and other leading publications. He has worked as an editor at First Things, taught political philosophy at Brigham Young University, and served as a speechwriter for New York’s Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Linker studied history, philosophy, and writing at Ithaca College, graduating with a BA in 1991. He went on to earn an MA in European history from New York University and a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University.