Alissa Quart is the author of Republic of OutsidersBranded and Hothouse Kids. She has written for the New York Times Sunday ReviewThe AtlanticThe Atavist, the London Review of BooksNew York, and many other publications and is a columnist for and contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. She has taught at Columbia University’s Journalism School and was a 2010 Nieman fellow at Harvard University. She lives in New York City.