Thomas Frank was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1965. He attended the University of Kansas, the University of Virginia, and the University of Chicago, where he received a Ph.D. in history in 1994. Mr. Frank comes from a leftist political perspective and is critical of Republican governance; however, he has also criticized the Democratic Party. He is the founder and editor of "The Baffler" and the author of several books, most recently "The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule." Currently, Mr. Thomas lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Wendy, and their children.