Louisa Thomas

Louisa Thomas, photo by Jesse Rudduck
Louisa Thomas, photo by Jesse Rudduck

Louisa Thomas is a contributing writer to the New Yorker, where she writes mostly about sports. She is a former writer and editor at Grantland. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and the Paris Review.

She is the author of Louisa: The Extraordinary Mrs. Adams and Conscience: Two Pacifists, Two Soldiers, One Family–A Test of Will and Faith in World War I, about the moral conflicts her family endured during World War I and focusing on her pacifist great-grandfather, Norman Thomas. Her latest book, Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football with coauthor John Urschel, will be released in May.

She is a former fellow at New America and a graduate of Harvard University.


selected bibliography

Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football by John Urshel and Louisa Thomas
Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football (2019)
Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas
Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams (2016)
Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family--a Test of Will andFaith in World War I by Louisa Thomas
Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family–A Test of Will and Faith in World War I (2011)

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online resources

Louisa Thomas’s website
Tennis with an Accent, podcast interview with Thomas, April 9, 2019
“First Lady of Revision: 10 Questions with Author Thomas,” Writer’s Bone, May 9, 2016
Grantland‘s Literary Connoisseur Thomas Is Not Your Average Sportswriter,” Peninsula Press, April 24, 2015

Video: Thomas discusses dialog on Idaho Public Television