Andrew Sullivan was born in southern England on August 10, 1963. He attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took a first in modern history and modern languages. In 1984, he won a Harkness Fellowship to Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He interned at the Centre for Policy Studies, where he wrote a policy paper on the environment entitled Greening the Tories. He received a master's degree in public administration and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. His doctoral thesis, Intimations Pursued: The Voice of Practice in the Conversation of Michael Oakeshott, won the government department prize. He was a senior editor of The New Republic, a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and a columnist for The Sunday Times (London). He is the author of several books including Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality, Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, and Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex and Survival. He is one of the world's most widely read bloggers.