Authors

Want to write for Public Books? Read these guidelines on how to pitch to us.

Sadana, Rashmi

Rashmi Sadana teaches anthropology and global studies at George Mason University. She is currently writing a book about how Delhi’s new metro system is changing the city’s cultural geography. Her ...

Saint-Amour, Paul

Paul Saint-Amour, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of English at the University of Pennsylvania, works on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, with special interests in law, war ...

salters, j. n.

j. n. salters is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication studying race, gender, class, and sexuality in the contexts of visual culture, sex work ...

Sand, Jordan

Jordan Sand teaches the history of Japan at Georgetown University and writes widely on cities and material culture in East Asia. His own experiment in network thinking, titled “Gentlemen’s Agreement ...

Sandhu, Sukhdev

Sukhdev Sandhu is an associate professor in the Department of English Literature at NYU, where he also runs the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture. He writes for the Guardian, Bidoun, and the Wire, and ...

Santiago, Victor M.

Victor M. Santiago was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He studied literature at Florida International University, and can be found drinking coffee at Books & Books in Coral Gables, where he is ...

Sanyal, Debarati

Debarati Sanyal is Professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Memory and Complicity: Migrations of Holocaust Remembrance (2015) and The Violence of Modernity: ...
Saskia Sassen

Sassen, Saskia

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, where she also co-chairs the Committee on Global Thought. Her books have been translated into 21 languages and ...

Schaberg, Christopher

Christopher Schaberg is associate professor of English and Environment at Loyola University New Orleans, and co-editor of the Object Lessons series. His most recent book is The End of Airports.

Schaffer, Talia

Talia Schaffer is a professor of English at Queens College, CUNY, and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Romance’s Rival: Familiar Marriage in Victorian Fiction (2016), Novel Craft: ...

Schechner, Karen

Karen Schechner is the senior Indie editor at Kirkus Reviews, and also an editor at Lambda Literary. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is a member of the New York ...

Schneider, Bethany

Bethany Schneider is Associate Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College. Writing as Bee Ridgway, she is the author of The River of No Return (2013), a time-travel novel that employs, among several ...
Josh Schneiderman

Schneiderman, Josh

Josh Schneiderman is completing a dissertation on the poetics of ephemerality in postwar American poetry at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He edited the 1955–56 ...

Schnepf, J. D.

J. D. Schnepf is an organizer of the Novel Theory seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center and a lecturer in the History & Literature concentration at Harvard University, where she teaches 20th ...

Schüll, Natasha Dow

Natasha Dow Schüll is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Addiction by Design: ...

Scibona, Salvatore

Salvatore Scibona’s first novel, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and an O. Henry Award; and he is a fellow at the ...

Seguín, Bécquer

Bécquer Seguín is an assistant professor of Iberian studies at Johns Hopkins University. His essays and criticism have appeared in The Nation, Slate, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

Seidel, Kathleen Gilles

Kathleen Gilles Seidel is the author of 14 contemporary novels, which have won many romance-market awards, including two RITAs from the Romance Writers of America. She has a PhD in English Literature ...

Sen, Rinku

Rinku Sen is the president of Race Forward, a national racial justice organization, and the publisher of the daily news website Colorlines.com.

Sennett, Richard

Richard Sennett writes about cities, labor, and culture. He teaches sociology at New York University and at the London School of Economics.

Serlin, David

David Serlin is Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, and editor or author of several books including Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar ...
Namwali Serpell

Serpell, Namwali

Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer and Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Servon, Lisa J.

Lisa J. Servon is Professor and former dean at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of urban ...

Seshagiri, Urmila

Urmila Seshagiri is Associate Professor of English at the University of Tennessee, where she teaches modernism, contemporary fiction, and postcolonial studies. She is the author of Race and the ...
Kieran Setiya

Setiya, Kieran

Kieran Setiya is a professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working mainly in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. He is the author of a self-help ...

Setter, Shaul

Shaul Setter is completing a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation examines the question of collectivity in texts written in and about ...

Seur, Carrie La

Carrie La Seur is a seventh-generation descendant of Montana homesteaders, an environmental lawyer, and the founder of the nonprofit legal organization Plains Justice. She practices law on behalf of ...

Shafaieh, Charles

Charles Shafaieh is a freelance journalist specializing in cultural criticism. A graduate of Columbia University, his writing has appeared in Slate, Music & Literature, and The Daily Beast. You ...

Shankar, Ravi

Ravi Shankar is Poet-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University; Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust; and Founding Editor of Drunken Boat. He ...
Harel Shapira

Shapira, Harel

Harel Shapira is an ethnographer and assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Waiting for José: The Minutemen’s Pursuit of American ...

Sharkey, Patrick

Patrick Sharkey is the author of Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence, to be published in January 2018. He is chair of NYU’s Sociology ...

Sheehan, Lucy

Lucy Sheehan is a PhD candidate in English literature at Columbia University. Her dissertation examines the relationship between representations of slavery in nineteenth-century Britain and the ...

Shelton, Allen

Allen Shelton lives in Buffalo, New York, within walking distance of where Foucault resided during his time there. He was trained as a sociologist at a Southern land-grant university, though now his ...

Shermer, Elizabeth Tandy

Elizabeth Tandy Shermer is an assistant professor in Loyola University Chicago’s history department. Her work on American political economy has appeared online, in scholarly journals, and in books ...
Normandy Sherwood

Sherwood, Normandy Raven

Normandy Raven Sherwood is a theater maker: playwright, costumer, director, performer. In addition to the National Theater of the United States of America, Normandy makes work with her band / theater ...

Shirane, Haruo

Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, is the author and editor of over 20 books ...

Shirky, Clay

Clay Shirky holds a joint appointment at NYU, as Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program and Associate Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the ...

Shriver, Lionel

The author of numerous novels, Lionel Shriver received the Orange Prize for We Need to Talk about Kevin (2006), which was adapted into a film by Lynne Ramsay in 2011. Shriver deploys her sarcastic ...

Shrum, Robert

Robert M. Shrum is the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at the University of Southern California and author of No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner (2007). A ...

Shure, Charles La

Charles La Shure is an assistant professor of Korean language and literature at Seoul National University. He is the translator of Young-ha Kim’s Black Flower (2012) and Kim Namcheon’s Scenes from ...

Siegel, Jonah

Jonah Siegel is a professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of Desire and Excess: The Nineteenth-Century Culture of Art and Haunted Museum: Longing, Travel, and the Art-Romance ...

Sinitiere, Phillip Luke

Phillip Luke Sinitiere is a professor of history at the College of Biblical Studies, a predominately African American school located in Houston’s Mahatma Gandhi District. A scholar of American ...

Slaughter, Justin

Justin Slaughter is a critic and journalist living in Brooklyn.

Slavet, Eliza

Eliza Slavet is the author of Racial Fever: Freud and the Jewish Question (Fordham University Press, 2009); she is currently working on a book on philosemitism.

Sligar, Sara

Sara Sligar is a novelist and a PhD candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in 20th-century American fiction, film, and television. Her dissertation examines the rise ...
Matthew Smith

Smith, Matthew J.

Matthew J. Smith is Professor of Caribbean History at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, in Jamaica.

Smith, Lytton

Lytton Smith is the author, most recently, of While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed by It (2013). He writes a monthly column on British poetry for the Los Angeles ...

Smith, Namara

Namara Smith is an associate editor at n+1 and a contributing editor at Public Books.

Smith, Terry

Terry Smith is an Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, and Distinguished Visiting Professor ...

Snorton, C. Riley

C. Riley Snorton is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, where his research and teaching focus on black cultural production and queer and transgender theory ...

Snyder, Katherine V.

Katherine V. Snyder is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where her current work focuses on contemporary fiction, with a particular interest in post ...

Sorett, Josef

Josef Sorett is an associate professor of religion and African American studies at Columbia University, where he also directs the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social ...

Sorman, Joy

After writing the story of a butcher in love with a cow in Comme une bête (2012; Like a Beast), Joy Sorman published La Peau de l’ours (2014; The Skin of the Bear). This fable-like novel follows the ...

Sosa, Claudia Sofia

Claudia Sofia Sosa procrastinates by cooking, which is why she’s now a great cook who struggles to write. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and has since lived in New York, Chiang Mai ...

Spaide, Christopher

Christopher Spaide is a PhD candidate in English at Harvard University. His essays and reviews have appeared in Boston Review, the New Yorker online, and Slate.

Spanakos, Anthony Peter

Anthony Peter Spanakos is Associate Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University. He has been a Fulbright visiting professor (Brazil, 2002; Venezuela, 2008) and is co-editor ...

Spiotta, Dana

In Eat the Document (2006; recently translated into French by Élodie Leplat), the novelist and Guggenheim Fellow Dana Spiotta tells the story of Mary Whittaker, a militant anti-Vietnam activist ...

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor, and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, at Columbia University.

Spry, Adam

Adam Spry (White Earth Ojibwe) is a PhD candidate in English literature at Columbia University. His dissertation examines transnationalism in Ojibwe writing and thought.
Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

Srinivasan, Ragini Tharoor

Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan is an assistant professor of English at the University of Arizona, where she works on contemporary South Asian Anglophone and Asian/American literatures and cultural theory ...

Sriram, Aditi

Aditi Sriram’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Guernica and other publications. She lives in New York City and teaches at SUNY Purchase. Read about her mother and similes ...

Staff, The Editorial

The editorial staff of Public Books.

Stanage, Ronald

Ronald Stanage grew up in the bleak shadow of a neighborhood bomb manufacturing facility. With nothing much to do beside doodle on napkins and play the banjo, his only connection to the outside world ...

Stanley, Eric A.

Eric A. Stanley is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication at the University of California San Diego and is the editor of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial ...
James Stanley

Stanley, James P.

James P. Stanley is a media scholar and theater artist and a founder of the National Theater of the United States of America, with whom he works a as a writer, director, designer, and performer. In ...

Stein, Jordan Alexander

Jordan Alexander Stein teaches at Fordham University and tweets @steinjordan.

Stein, Ulrike

Ulrike Stein is an economist. Since March 2010 she has been head of the Economic Policy Advice and Model Simulation unit at the Hans-Boeckler Foundation Macroeconomic Policy Institute. She holds a ...
Arlene Stein

Stein, Arlene

Arlene Stein is a professor of sociology at Rutgers University, where she directs the Institute for Research on Women. Her book about transgender men will be published by Knopf in 2018.

Steinitz, Rebecca

Rebecca Steinitz is a literacy consultant in Boston-area urban high schools. She writes regularly about books and sundry topics for The Boston Globe, The Women’s Review of Books, The Rumpus, The ...

Stephan, Megan

Megan Stephan is a lecturer in English at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a co-founder of WordCraft, a writing consultant collective.

Stephenson, Sam

Sam Stephenson’s next book, Gene Smith’s Sink, will be published in August by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A North Carolina native and longtime resident of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, Stephenson ...
Simon Stern

Stern, Simon

Simon Stern is Associate Professor of Law and English at the University of Toronto. He is co-editor (with Nan Goodman) of the Ashgate Research Companion to Law and Humanities in Nineteenth-Century ...

Stevens, Benjamin Eldon

Benjamin Eldon Stevens is co-editor of Classical Traditions in Science Fiction (2015) and the author of Silence in Catullus (2013) as well as essays on the classics, linguistics, the history of the ...

Stevenson, Christina

Christina Stevenson earned her PhD from UC Santa Cruz. She is currently revising her dissertation, “The Politics of the Room: Sexuality and Subjectivity in the Modernist Text,” for publication.

Stimpson, Catharine R.

Catharine R. Stimpson is University Professor at New York University and Dean Emerita of its Graduate School of Arts and Science. Her most recent book is Critical Terms for the Study of Gender ...

Stofle, Corine

Corine Stofle is a PhD candidate in the French Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Her interests include Franco-Caribbean literatures and matters of humor and race.

Stroh, Lauren

Lauren Stroh is a writer and visual artist based in New Orleans, LA where she is currently working on an undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies at Loyola University New Orleans. She has just begun ...

Struhl, Abigail

Abigail Struhl studied English and creative writing at Columbia University. Her writing about Spain has appeared in Public Streets.

Stryker, Susan

Susan Stryker is Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies and Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. She is founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies ...
Thomas Sugrue

Sugrue, Thomas J.

Thomas J. Sugrue is the Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at NYU, and the Director of the NYU Collaborative on Global Urbanism. His books include the Bancroft Prize–winning ...

Sullivan, Mecca Jamilah

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her current project, “The Poetics of Difference,” examines ...

Summers, Brandi Thompson

Brandi Thompson Summers is an assistant professor of African American studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research and teaching focus on race, urban aesthetics, media, and visual culture ...
Ibrahim Sundiata

Sundiata, Ibrahim

Ibrahim Sundiata is emeritus professor of African/Afro-American studies and history at Brandeis University. His interests are social justice in comparative perspective as reflected through the prisms ...

Surkis, Judith

Judith Surkis is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University and specializes in modern European history, with an emphasis on France and the French Empire, gender and sexuality, and ...

Sussman, Charlotte

Charlotte Sussman is Associate Professor of English at Duke University. She is the author of Consuming Anxieties: Consumer Protest, Gender, and British Slavery, 1713–1833 and Eighteenth-Century ...

Swift, Daniel

Daniel Swift is a senior lecturer at the New College of the Humanities, London. His book The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux ...