John Elliott

John Elliott

Senior Fellow

John is a Senior Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. In this role, he is responsible for directing seminars, organizing networking events and mentoring Intellectual Takeout’s journalism interns.


John previously directed the journalism programs at the Institute for Humane Studies and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He has many mentees at media outlets in New York and Washington. John got his journalism experience working for Dutch and German television. He covered four presidential elections as well as breaking news stories such as 9/11 in New York City.


John has a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in New York City and a B.A. in German from the University of Montana. He also studied at the Universitaet Tuebingen in Germany and the Theological College of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands.

Recent blog posts by this author

A Humanist as a Military Chaplain? Why It Doesn’t Work.

The Navy Times reports that the U.S. Navy has rejected the application of Jason Heap to become a Humanist chaplain. This decision comes after 67 lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives sent a letter to the Navy’s chief of chaplains...

Short Engagement, Long Marriages: How the Greatest Generation built a Life

When my mother died last October at the age of 90 she left me her diaries.  I knew my mother well enough not to expect any shocking revelations. Her diaries are a simple chronicle of the daily events of her life. I started reading on the...

Why are the Dutch and Nordics the Happiest People on Earth?

The UN has just published its World Happiness index for 2018. This year Finland edged out Norway for the top spot. But there is nothing surprising about this. One of the five Nordic countries almost always occupies the top spot. For the past...

Want Your Daughter Single at 30? Send Her to College at 18.

When Isaiah Lemmon formally asked Jay and Patricia Boccabello to marry their only daughter, they were delighted. The engagement culminated what could best be described as a picture-perfect courtship. Isaiah and Nancy had met four years earlier at...