Sullivan earned a Master of Public Administration in 1986 from the John F.
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, In 2001, it came to light that Sullivan had posted anonymous online advertisements for unprotected anal sex, preferably with "other HIV-positive men".
He was widely criticised in the media for this, with some critics noting that he had condemned President Bill Clinton's "incautious behavior", though others wrote in his defence.
In that position, he expanded the magazine from its traditional roots in political coverage to cultural issues and the politics surrounding them.
During this time, the magazine produced some groundbreaking journalism and generated several high-profile controversies.
While completing graduate work at Harvard in 1988, Sullivan published an attack in Spy magazine on Rhodes Scholars, "All Rhodes Lead Nowhere in Particular," which dismissed recipients of the scholarship as "hustling apple-polisher[s]"; "high-profile losers"; "the very best of the second-rate"; and "misfits by the very virtue of their bland, eugenic perfection." "[T]he sad truth is that as a rule," Sullivan wrote, "Rhodies possess none of the charms of the aristocracy and all of the debilities: fecklessness, excessive concern that peasants be aware of their achievement, and a certain hemophilia of character." In 1994, Sullivan published excerpts on race and intelligence from Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray's controversial The Bell Curve, which argued that some of the measured difference in IQ scores among racially defined groups was a result of genetic inheritance.
Almost the entire editorial staff of the magazine threatened to resign if material that they considered racist was published.
Andrew Michael Sullivan (born 10 August 1963) is an English author, editor, and blogger.
Sullivan is a conservative political commentator, a former editor of The New Republic, and the author or editor of six books.
He was a pioneer of the political blog, starting his in 2000.
He eventually moved his blog to various publishing platforms, including Time, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and finally an independent subscription-based format. In his second year, he was elected President of the Oxford Union for Trinity term 1983.
To appease them, Sullivan included lengthy rebuttals from 19 writers and contributors.
He has continued to speak approvingly of the research and arguments presented in The Bell Curve, writing, "The book ...
still holds up as one of the most insightful and careful of the last decade.