Robert Lane Greene (“Lane”) is a journalist based in London. He is the deputy editor for books and arts at The Economist, where he also writes a biweekly language column (called “Johnson”). His previous assignments have included European business and finance, professional services and law, energy and climate, and American politics, from Berlin and New York.
Greene’s book on the politics of language, You Are What You Speak, was published by Delacorte in spring 2011. He contributed a chapter on culture to the Economist book Megachange, and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Slate, the New Republic, the Daily Beast and many other places. He is an advisor to Freedom House and a member of the Usage Panel for the American Heritage Dictionary, and from 2005 to 2009 was an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University.
Greene was born in Johnson City, Tennessee and grew up in Marietta, Georgia. He has an M.Phil. in European Politics from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a B.A. with honors in International Relations and History from Tulane University. He is fluent in German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Danish, and conversant in Russian, Arabic and Italian.