Who We Are

About James & Deborah Fallows

Deborah Fallows

Deborah  Fallows

Deborah Fallows is a writer and a linguist. She has written extensively on language, education, families and work, China, and travel for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The LA Times, and The Washington Monthly.

For the last four years, Deborah and her husband, the writer James Fallows, have been crisscrossing the country in their small plane, reporting for The Atlantic on the civic and economic renewal of America’s towns. Their new book about the project, Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America, was published by Pantheon in May, 2018.

Most recently, she was a senior research fellow at the Pew Research Center and before that, director of data architecture for Oxygen Media. Previously, she was Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of Admissions at Georgetown University.
Her 2010 book, Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language, is based on her 3-year experience living and working in China.

Deborah Fallows and her husband have two married sons and four grandchildren.