About

Lane Greene (also previously bylined as Robert Lane Greene) is a journalist and author. He is the deputy editor for books and arts at The Economist, where he also writes a biweekly language column ("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 is the 2017 winner of the Journalism Award given by the Linguistic Society of America, and his book on the politics of language, You Are What You Speak, was published by Delacorte in Spring 2011. 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 speaks German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Danish and Italian, and is conversant in Russian and Arabic. He is married to Eva Høier Greene, and has two sons.