Matthew Schmitz is a founder and editor of Compact. Previously, he was a senior editor of First Things. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Tablet, and The American Conservative, for which he is a columnist. He is the recipient of a Lincoln Fellowship from the Claremont Institute and a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship from The Fund for American Studies. He holds an A.B. in English from Princeton University and is a native of O'Neill, Neb.