Francesca Mari is an independent journalist and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. She has written features and cover stories on housing, con men, and abuses of power for the Atlantic, the Cut, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and others.
At Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Mari is investigating why housing is so expensive, charting the consequences of financialization on the lives of neighbors in Los Angeles.
Mari was a 2019 MacDowell Fellow in nonfiction, a 2021 Yaddo guest, and a 2022 National Fellow at New America. Until 2018, she worked as a magazine editor at Texas Monthly and the California Sunday Magazine. She graduated from Harvard College in 2007 and teaches narrative nonfiction at Brown University.