Deborah Fallows is a writer and a linguist. She has written extensively on language, education, families and work, China, and travel for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Monthly. Her latest book, Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language, is based on her 3-year experience living and working in China. Her first book, A Mother’s Work, about work-life balance, was published in 1985. Most recently, Fallows was a senior research fellow at the Pew Research Center and before that, she was director of data architecture for Oxygen Media. Previously, she was Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of Admissions at Georgetown University. For the last four years, Fallows and her husband, writer James Fallows, have been crisscrossing the country in their small plane, reporting on the reinvention of small towns for The Atlantic’s American Futures project. Fallows has an AB from Harvard and a PhD in linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin.