Editor: Paul Baumann
Associate Editors: Matthew Boudway, Matthew Sitman
Production: Tiina Aleman
Digital Editor: Dominic Preziosi
Assistant Digital Editor: Maria Bowler
Editorial Assistant: Regina Munch
Editor at Large: Mollie Wilson O'Reilly
Copy Editor: Susanne Washburn
Business Manager: James Hannan
Development: Christa A. Kerber
Special Projects: Ellen B. Koneck
Poetry: Rosemary Deen
Film: Richard Alleva, Rand Richards Cooper
Stage & Television: Celia Wren
Columnists: E. J. Dionne Jr., Anthony Domestico, Rita Ferrone, Cathleen Kaveny, Jo McGowan, Charles R. Morris, Mollie Wilson O'Reilly, Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
Advertising Manager: Regan Pickett
Publisher: Thomas Baker
Editor Paul Baumann came to Commonweal in 1990 and was appointed editor in 2003. He was educated at Wesleyan University and Yale Divinity School. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Monthly, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications. Before coming to Commonweal, he worked as a newspaper editorial writer and reporter. With Patrick Jordan, he is the editor of Commonweal Confronts the Century: Liberal Convictions, Catholic Tradition - Celebrating Seventy-Five Years from the Pages of Commonweal (Touchstone). He and his wife, Vivian Segall, a teacher, have three children and live in Connecticut.
Associate Editor Matthew Boudway joined the Commonweal staff in 2006. He grew up in Arizona and was educated at Yale, Oxford, and Boston University. He has worked as a farmhand, a bookseller, and an English teacher in France, and was for two years an editor at First Things. He lives in Harlem.
Associate Editor Matthew Sitman joined the Commonweal staff in 2015. A native of central Pennsylvania, he was educated at Grove City College and pursued doctoral studies in political theory at Georgetown University. Before joining the magazine, he taught in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia and, most recently, was the literary editor of the popular news and culture website, The Dish. He lives in Manhattan. You can follow him on Twitter.
Production Manager Tiina Aleman has done print and digital production for Commonweal since 1997. Aside from her production duties at the magazine, she writes poetry and does translation and translation editing from Estonian. Her work has been published in various literary magazines including The Iowa Review. She is married to Tony Iannotti. They share their Jersey City house with two cats.
Digital Editor Dominic Preziosi joined Commonweal in May 2012. He has held senior editorial positions with McGraw-Hill, Forbes, and CMP/United Business Media, and has published fiction, articles, and essays in The Brooklyn Review, Descant, Front Porch, ItalianAmericana, New Jersey Spotlight, The Writer Magazine, and elsewhere. He was educated at Fordham University, Brooklyn College, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dominic lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and daughter.
Assistant Digital Editor Maria Bowler joined Commonweal in July of 2014. A native of Winnipeg, Canada, she studied at University of King's College, University of Manitoba, and Yale Divinity School. She lives in Brooklyn.
Editorial Assistant Regina Munch joined the Commonweal staff in 2016. Originally from the Philadelphia area, she studied humanities at Villanova University and received her master’s degree in history at Boston College. She lives in Manhattan.
Editor at Large Mollie Wilson O'Reilly joined the Commonweal staff in 2008. She is a graduate of Yale and a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Before coming to Commonweal, Mollie worked in the books department of Theatre Communications Group. Her writing has been published in American Theatre and the Village Voice and online at the Guardian, Nextbook, and TheBigJewel.com. She lives in Westchester with her husband, two sons, and box turtle. You can follow her on Twitter.
Copy Editor Susanne Washburn has served Commonweal since 1999. Prior to that she spent thirty-five years on Time, the last stretch as a senior reporter. Sue studied literature at Albertus Magnus College, and has an MA from New York University. She writes regularly for the regional quarterly Stratton, and contributes occasionally to Commonweal, the National Catholic Reporter, and the American Catholic. With her lawyer husband, Larry Washburn, she lives in Dorset, Vermont; they have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Business Manager James Hannan joined Commonweal in 2010. Prior to that, he held senior management positions at a number of professional and B2B publishing companies. He was educated at Seton Hall University and the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Rita, have three children and live in New Jersey.
Special Projects Ellen B. Koneck has worked with Commonweal since 2013. She is a native of Minnesota, a graduate of Yale Divinity School, and an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University. She and her husband live on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. You can follow her on Twitter.
Poetry Editor Rosemary Deen came to Commonweal in 1979. She first appeared as a Commonweal reviewer in 1957. Educated at Aquinas College in Michigan and at the Universities of Michigan and Chicago, she has taught literature and writing most of her adult life, most recently at Queens College. The poet Marie Ponsot and she developed a new approach to the teaching of writing, and together they wrote two books about it; one, Beat Not the Poor Desk, won a national award. She has published poems and articles on poets, and her most recent publication is a book of essays, Naming the Light (1997).
Film Critic Richard Alleva holds his MFA from Catholic University's drama department. He worked as an actor with the National Players, touring the USA and Germany in productions of Shakespeare and Moliere. After numerous other roles in other theater companies, he became the film critic for Crisis Magazine in 1985, decamping for Commonweal in 1990, where he now shares the movie reviewing post with Rand Cooper. Film director Peter Bogdanovich selected Alleva's essay "I Would Toss Myself Aside" (first published in Image magazine) for the 1999 edition of Best American Movie Writing. His review of Schindler's List concluded the anthology, Commonweal Confronts the Century. He and his wife Anne, a music teacher and choir director, live in Connecticut with their daughter Gaby, who has introduced her father to the work of the supreme cinema artiste, Hilary Duff.
Film Critic Rand Richards Cooper has been a film reviewer, book reviewer, and essayist for Commonweal for over a decade. He is the author of two works of fiction, The Last to Go (HBJ) and Big As Life (The Dial Press) and has taught at Amherst and Emerson colleges. An intrepid travel writer, Cooper is a contributing editor for Bon Appetit and winner of a 2002 Lowell Thomas Gold Medal award from the Society of American Travel Writers. He also writes frequently for the Hartford Courant's Northeast Magazine, where his cover feature on three distinguished Connecticut professors won a first-prize award from the Education Writers Association of America. Rand and his wife, Molly, live in Hartford, Connecticut with their beloved English bulldog, Bert.
Stage & Television Critic Celia Wren has been a critic at Commonweal since 1996. She is the managing editor of American Theatre, a monthly magazine covering theatre across the country. Her articles about the arts and culture have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, Newsday, the Boston Globe, the New York Observer, Talk, Stagebill, American Theatre, Broadway.com, and South Africa's Weekly Mail. She holds a B.A. in literature from Harvard University and an M.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, William.
Publisher Thomas Baker has served in that role at Commonweal since 2010. He began his publishing career as a business reporter, then worked for many years at The Wall Street Journal, where among other roles he oversaw the startup of the paper’s web business. He has degrees from Princeton and Columbia Business School. He and his wife live just outside Princeton, NJ.