Ramesh Ponnuru

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Ramesh Ponnuru
Ramesh Ponnuru at U.S. embassy in Vienna.jpg
Ponnuru in 2016
Born (1974-08-16) August 16, 1974 (age 44)
EducationB.A. in history: Princeton University
OccupationColumnist and Editor
Notable credit(s)
The Party of Death (2006)
TitleSenior editor
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)April Ponnuru

Ramesh Ponnuru (/rəˈmɛʃ pəˈnʊər/; born August 16, 1974) is an American conservative political pundit and journalist. He is a senior editor for National Review magazine, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute,[1] a columnist for Bloomberg View,[2] and a contributing editor to the domestic policy journal National Affairs.[3]

Ponnuru has written widely on a range of political and policy topics, appeared on many public affairs and news interview programs, and is a widely respected voice on conservative policy,[4] he has been highly critical of President Donald Trump, as have many of the figures associated with National Review.



Since 1999, Ponnuru has been a senior editor at National Review, where he writes on politics, policy, and the law.[5] In its pages, he has called for a revival of Republican policy thinking by applying conservative ideals to contemporary problems and emphasizing the concerns of the middle class, he has frequently made the case for increasing the child tax credit to properly compensate parents for the cost of raising children,[6] and has been a regular co-author with economist David Beckworth on the topic of monetary policy and market monetarism.[7][8]

He appears frequently on television programs about public affairs, including Meet the Press[9] and Face the Nation.[10] Ponnuru is a regular guest speaker on policy, politics, and constitutionalism at college campuses and law schools across the country,[11][12] and in 2013 he was a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.[13]

In 2006, Ponnuru wrote The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life, which Peggy Noonan called "the most significant statement of the need to protect human life in America since Ronald Reagan’s Abortion and the Conscience of America." He is also the author of a monograph on Japanese industrial policy.[14]

Ponnuru is a past contributor to Time and WashingtonPost.com and has written for The New York Times,[15][16][17][18][19] The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal,[20] Financial Times, Newsday, New York Post, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The New Republic, and First Things.[21][22]


Ponnuru is a frequent speaker on conservative policy and its political implications, and has regularly been a guest at retreats for congressional Republicans.[23] In 2015, Politico Magazine listed him and his wife, April Ponnuru, as two of the "Politico 50" influential leaders in American politics.[4]

He has been identified as a leader of the "reform conservative" movement,[24] and was featured in a 2014 New York Times Magazine cover story about the conservative intellectuals who comprise it.[25]

In 2014, Ponnuru co-edited, with Yuval Levin, Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class,[26] a reform conservative manifesto and policy agenda. (Ponnuru also contributed the book’s concluding chapter, on constitutionalism.[27]) The book was widely praised, with New York Times columnist David Brooks calling it "the most coherent and compelling policy agenda the American right has produced this century."[28]


Ponnuru was raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, MO, he attended Briarwood Elementary School (Prairie Village, Kansas) and Mission Valley Middle School. . After graduating from Shawnee Mission East High School at the age of 16, he went to Princeton University, where he earned a B.A. in history and graduated summa cum laude in 1995. His senior thesis was Abortion in Nineteenth-Century America, in Brief and his advisor was Robert P. George.[29] Raised by a Hindu father and a Lutheran mother,[30] Ponnuru is of Asian Indian descent and has converted to Roman Catholicism from agnosticism,[31] he is married to April Ponnuru.[32]


  1. ^ "Ramesh Ponnuru, Visiting Fellow". AEI.org. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Ramesh Ponnuru Archive". Bloomberg View. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  3. ^ "About Us". National Affairs. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b "April Ponnuru, Ramesh Ponnuru (Politico 50)". POLITICO Magazine. 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Ramesh Ponnuru Archive". National Review. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  6. ^ "The Empty Playground and the Welfare State". National Review. May 28, 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  7. ^ Beckworth, David; Ponnuru, Ramesh. "Monetary Regime Change". National Review (28 May 2012). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  8. ^ Ponnuru, Ramesh; Beckworth, David. "Savers' Real Problem". National Review (2 February 2015). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Meet the Press, 21 September 2014". NBC. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Face the Nation, 22 May 2016". CBS News. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  11. ^ "The Future of the Republican Party". YouTube. Program on Constitutional Government, Harvard. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Beyond Obamanomics". YouTube. Ashbrook Center. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Getting to Know UChicago Institute of Politics Fall 2013 Fellow Ramesh Ponnuru". YouTube. University of Chicago Institute of Politics. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  14. ^ The Mystery of Japanese Growth (PDF). American Enterprise Institute / Center for Policy Studies. 1995. ISBN 0844739391.
  15. ^ "Why Hillary Should Fear Optimism". The New York Times (30 July 2016). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  16. ^ Beckworth, David; Ponnuru, Ramesh. "Subprime Reasoning on Housing". The New York Times (27 January 2016). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Let's Not Mention Inequality". The New York Times (9 February 2015). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Updating Reaganomics". The New York Times (17 February 2013). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  19. ^ "The Year of the (Pro-Life) Woman". The New York Times (12 June 2010). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  20. ^ Ponnuru, Ramesh; Levin, Yuval. "A Conservative Alternative to ObamaCare". Wall Street Journal (14 November 2013). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  21. ^ "The Gift of Lightheartedness". First Things (April 2009). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  22. ^ "What McGovern Wrought,". First Things (March 2008, Review of "Why the Democrats Are Blue: Secular Liberalism and the Decline of the People’s Party, " by Mark Stricherz). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  23. ^ Sherman, Jake; Everett, Burgess. "GOP retreat: A busy schedule". Politico (14 January 2015). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  24. ^ Douthat, Ross. "What Is Reform Conservatism?". New York Times (30 May 2015). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  25. ^ Tanenhaus, Sam. "Can the G.O.P. Be a Party of Ideas?". The New York Times (2 July 2014). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  26. ^ Room to Grow. Conservative Reform Network. 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  27. ^ "Recovering the Wisdom of the Constitution". Room to Grow. Conservative Reform Network. 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  28. ^ Brooks, David. "The New Right". The New York Times (9 June 2014). Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  29. ^ Ponnuru, Ramesh. "Ramesh Ponnuru's 1995 Senior Thesis "Abortion in Nineteenth-Century America, in Brief"", Princeton University. Accessed November 18, 2018.
  30. ^ "Catholic and Conservative: A Conversation with Ramesh Ponnuru". Ignatiusinsight.com. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 16, 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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