Tom Bartlett is a senior writer covering social science and other topics for The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has written about the importance of childhood play, how to make good guesses, and the basement tapes of Osama bin Laden, among many other topics. He analyzes new and interesting research on the Percolator blog, including the meaning of standing ovations, the trustworthiness of beards, and the dark side of loyalty. Bartlett joined The Chronicle in 2002.
He has also reported extensively on academic wrongdoing. In 2005 two packages of stories that Bartlett co-wrote—one on plagiarism and one on diploma mills—were chosen as finalists for the National Magazine Award in reporting. He has twice been a finalist for the Livingston Award, given to the best journalists in the country under age 35. His Chronicle article "The Betrayal of Judas" was recognized by The Revealer, a daily review of religion in the news, as one of the best religion stories of 2008.
His articles have been published in Slate, The Washington Post Magazine, and The New York Times, among others.
Bartlett has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Baylor University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow.