For the folksinger, music educator and dance leader (a distant cousin) see Tony Saletan

William Saletan is the national correspondent at

Background and education

William Saletan, a Jewish native of Texas, graduated from Swarthmore College in 1987.


Career at Slate

Saletan gained recognition in the fall of 2004 with nearly daily columns covering the ups and downs of the 2004 presidential race. He currently writes's "Human Nature" column. Previously, he wrote "Frame Game", which analyzed the way current events are spun by politicians and the media and "Ballot Box", a column devoted to politics and policy.


In 2004, he wrote the book Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War.


A self described "liberal Republican", Saletan came out strongly against the re-election of George W. Bush. He described his disenchantment with the modern Republican Party in a series of dispatches from the 2004 Republican Convention.[2]

Saletan has written several articles about bioethics and sexual ethics, criticizing what he sees as homophobia within the Roman Catholic Church.[3]

Saletan supports legally recognizing same-sex marriages.[4]


While Saletan initially argued in favor of George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq, later, as part of a series[5] marking the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War, Saletan described the lessons he had come to learn, stating, "I wish I'd absorbed these lessons before the war. The best I can do now is remember them before the next one."[6]

Intelligence studies

In a series initially posted on November 18, 2007 on, Saletan assessed the relationship between Race and intelligence, specifically the question of whether race is a genetically determining factor in intelligence. He ultimately did not discount the hypothesis that it is, concluding: "When I look at all the data, studies, and arguments, I see a prima facie case for partial genetic influence."[7] Counterarguments were subsequently published by Richard Nisbett[8] in The New York Times, Stephen Metcalf[9] in Slate and Malcolm Gladwell[10] in The New Yorker. Saletan's fourth entry in his series on race, IQ and equality, entitled "Regrets", acknowledged overlooking ties between one of his primary sources, J. Philippe Rushton, and advocates of white supremacy, saying, "I was negligent in failing to research and report this."[11]


Saletan currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.