Robert Lane Greene ("Lane") is a journalist based in New York. He is a business correspondent for The Economist, covering law, accounting and other professional services, and he writes for the magazine’s language blog, Johnson. His book on the politics of language around the world, You Are What You Speak, was published by Random House 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 other publications. He is a frequent television and radio commentator, an adviser to Freedom House, an adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Greene was born in Johnson City, Tennessee and grew up in Marietta, Georgia. He graduated with honors from Tulane University in 1997, receiving a B.A. in International Relations and History. He won a Marshall Scholarship and completed an M.Phil. in European Politics and Society at the University of Oxford in 1999. He is fluent in German, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Danish, and conversant in Russian, Arabic and Italian. He joined The Economist in 2000, lives in Brooklyn, is married to Eva Høier Greene, and has two sons, Jack and Henry.