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Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith was formerly the Managing Editor of The New Criterion. She is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters (forthcoming from Crown in 2017). She writes about culture, relationships, and psychology. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York TimesThe AtlanticTimeNewsweek, and other publications. 

Emily is also a columnist for The New Criterion, as well as an editor at the Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, an initiative to build purpose and community throughout the nation.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Emily grew up in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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