Barkan is currently a columnist for The Guardian and Jacobin magazine. He is a contributing writer to New York Magazine and The Nation.

As a columnist and freelance reporter, Ross Barkan has contributed to the Village Voice, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, New York Magazine, Reuters, Esquire, GQ, New York Daily News, Daily Beast, The Baffler, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the Columbia Journalism Review.