Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor

Columnist, The Washington Post


137 Sanford Building


Megan McArdle has been named the Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the School of Arts and Sciences for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.  As Egan Professor, McArdle teaches an opinion writing course, Op-Ed Persuasive Writing, as part of the DeWitt Wallace Center’s policy journalism program.

McArdle is a Washington Post columnist and the author of “The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success.” Before joining the Washington Post in 2018, she was a columnist at Bloomberg View. She writes about business, economics and public policy. She has been praised by New York Times columnist David Brooks for being “one of the most influential bloggers on the right.

After starting the blog Live From the WTC in 2001 — which focused on economics and business in a post-9/11 world — McArdle was brought on as a contributor for The Economist, where she wrote about similar topics and helped establish the magazine’s economics blog, Free Exchange.

McArdle also has worked for Newsweek, The Daily Beast and The Atlantic, and contributed to the New York Post and The Guardian, among other outlets. She authored the 2014 book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success.

McArdle received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Peter Suderman, and a dog named Fitzgerald.

The Egan Visiting Professorship is awarded to a journalist, writer or commentator of appropriate distinction in a field related to the media and contemporary issues. McArdle will be the second Egan Visiting Professor, after Washington Post op-ed columnist Michael Gerson in 2015.

  • PJMS 290T-01, 02, 03; PUBPOL 291T-01, 02, 03 OP-ED Persuasive Writing (Fall 2018)