Jamie Holmes (author)

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Born (1980-04-08) April 8, 1980 (age 43)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationMaster of International Affairs
Alma mater
  • New York University
  • Columbia University
  • Stephen Holmes (father)

Jamie Holmes (born April 8, 1980) is an American author. His writing has appeared in many news papers and magazines like The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Slate, and many other publications. Holmes has written two books. The first, Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing, was published by Penguin Random House (Crown) in 2015 and explores the psychology of uncertainty. He is also the author of 12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon, about the creation of the proximity fuse, which will be published in August, 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Biographical Details

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and raised in Chicago and Boston, Holmes received his undergraduate degree from New York University in 2002. After college he served in the Peace Corps in Iași, Romania, teaching English, and worked as a Research Coordinator (in the field of behavioral economics) at Harvard University. In 2009, he received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. From 2009 to 2012, Holmes worked as a research associate, program associate, and policy analyst at New America. He is currently a Future Tense Fellow at New America and lives in Washington, D.C..

He is the son of Stephen Holmes, noted political theorist.


Holmes received widespread attention[1][2][3][4][5] for his 2011 article in the New Republic, "Why Can't More Poor People Escape Poverty,"[6] as well as for his 2015 Op-Ed in the New York Times, "The Case for Teaching Ignorance."[7] His book Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing was reviewed favorably by the Washington Post,[8] Kirkus Reviews,[9] and New York Magazine,[10] among other outlets.


  1. Burkeman, Oliver (2011-07-22). "This column will change your life: Poverty and willpower". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  2. "Does Poverty Erode Free Will?". Boston.com. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  3. "Jamie Holmes on Willpower as a Scarce Resource". National Review. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  4. "Poverty and the Lump of Willpower". Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  5. Bouie, Jamelle (2011-06-06). "What Keeps Poor People Poor?". The American Prospect. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  6. Holmes, Jamie (2011-06-06). "Why Can't More Poor People Escape Poverty?". The New Republic. ISSN 0028-6583. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  7. Holmes, Jamie (2015-08-24). "Opinion | The Case for Teaching Ignorance". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  8. Hutson, Matthew (November 13, 2015). "In Praise of Intellectual Uncertainty". Washington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. NONSENSE | Kirkus Reviews.
  10. "The Bad Things That Happen When People Can't Deal With Ambiguous Situations". The Cut. 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2020-06-09.

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