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Back, Les

Les Back is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. His books include The Art of Listening (2007) and Live Methods, edited with Nirmal Puwar (2013).

Baena, Victoria

Victoria Baena is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at Yale University. Her work focuses on the novel between realism and modernism in Europe and Latin America.

Baer, Ulrich

Ulrich Baer’s podcast Think About It features in-depth conversations with leading thinkers on powerful ideas. The first 40 or so episodes are dedicated to free speech. He has written and edited books ...

Bakke, Gretchen

Gretchen Bakke holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Cultural Anthropology. Her work focuses on the chaos and creativity that emerge during social, cultural, and technological transitions ...

Bal, Hartosh Singh

Hartosh Singh Bal is the political editor at The Caravan and the author of Waters Close Over Us: A Journey Along the Narmada. He was formerly the political editor at Open magazine.

Baldasso, Franco

Franco Baldasso, American Academy in Rome Fellow 2018–19, is an assistant professor of Italian at Bard College and the author of Il cerchio di gesso. Primo Levi narratore e testimone (The chalk ...

Baldy, Cutcha Risling

Cutcha Risling Baldy is an assistant professor of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. She is Hupa, Karuk, and Yurok and enrolled in the Hoopa Valley Tribe. She writes about pop ...
Stacey Balkan

Balkan, Stacey

Stacey Balkan is assistant professor of Environmental Literature and Humanities at Florida Atlantic University where she also serves as an affiliate faculty member for the university’s Peace ...

Balkin, Sarah

Sarah Balkin is a Lecturer in English & Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne, where she teaches courses on theatre and performance, literature, and genre fiction. Her published work has ...

Barber, Gregory

Gregory Barber is an assistant editor at Wired. He lives in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, and hasn’t gotten a ticket in months.

Barnes, Todd Landon

Todd Landon Barnes is Associate Professor of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he teaches courses on Shakespeare, literary theory, and performance studies. His writing appears in the ...
Rex Barnes

Barnes, Rex

Rex Barnes is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. His dissertation, “Haunting Matters,” explores late medieval and early modern notions of demonic infestation ...
Solon Barocas

Barocas, Solon

Solon Barocas is a researcher in the New York City lab of Microsoft Research and an assistant professor in the department of information science at Cornell University. He is also a faculty associate ...

Basile, Jonathan

Jonathan Basile is a PhD Student in Emory University’s Comparative Literature program and the creator of an online universal library, libraryofbabel.info. His first book, Tar for Mortar: “The Library ...

Batzell, Rudi

Rudi Batzell is an assistant professor of History at Lake Forest College. He is completing a book on the global history of capitalism, the transition from proprietary to corporate firms, and the ...

Baucom, Ian

Ian Baucom is Professor of English and Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. He is the author of Out of Place: Englishness, Empire, and the Locations of Identity (1999) ...

Beam, Cris

Cris Beam is the author of To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013, and two other books. She teaches creative writing at ...
Laura Bear

Bear, Laura

Laura Bear is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of The Jadu House (2000), Lines of the Nation: Indian Railway Workers and the ...

Béchard, Deni Ellis

Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of five books: Vandal Love, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize; Cures for Hunger, a memoir about his father, who robbed banks; Of Bonobos and Men, winner of the ...

Bechdel, Alison

Alison Bechdel’s most recent book is the graphic memoir Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama (2012). Last month she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.”

Bechtel, Lilly

Lilly Bechtel is a poet, freelance journalist and founder at Body Song Yoga. Her work has appeared in elephant journal, the Brooklyn Rail, and USA Today. She is currently working on a book about ...

Becker, Howard

Howard S. Becker is a sociologist and author who lives in San Francisco and (at times) Paris. He is the author of Art Worlds (1982) and Telling about Society (2007) and coauthor (with Robert R ...
Brianna Beehler

Beehler, Brianna

Brianna Beehler is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Southern California.
Daniel Behar

Behar, Daniel

Daniel Behar is a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College, where he teaches Hebrew and Arabic literatures. His forthcoming book is about modern poetry and poetry translation in Syria. His Hebrew ...
Christina Belcher

Belcher, Christina

Christina Belcher received her PhD, in 2016, from the University of Southern California, where she is currently a lecturer in the writing program. She recently edited an anthology, #WeToo: Sex Work ...

Bell, Jason

Jason Bell is a PhD candidate in English at Yale University. His writing has appeared in Guernica, Vice, Full Stop, Alimentum, and the Brooklyn Quarterly.

Bellanger, Aurélien

Aurélien Bellanger is a novelist and philosopher. After La Théorie de l’information (2012; The Theory of Information), his masterful plunge into the world of new technology, he published ...

Bender, Thomas

Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University. His research has focused on US intellectual and cultural history, academic culture, cities ...

Benedict, Kennette

Kennette Benedict is a former executive director of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a senior advisor to Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists,  and a lecturer at University of Chicago’s Harris School ...
Eric Bennett

Bennett, Eric

Eric Bennett is the author of A Big Enough Lie and Workshops of Empire. Other writing has appeared in the New York Times, A Public Space, MFA vs. NYC, Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New ...

Berger, John

Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last 50 years. His many books include Ways of Seeing; ...
Dan Berger

Berger, Dan

Dan Berger is an associate professor of comparative ethnic studies at the University of Washington Bothell and the author or editor of six books, including Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in ...

Berger, Jane

Jane Berger is an assistant professor of history at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. She is the author of “‘A Lot Closer to What It Ought to Be’: Black Women and Public Sector Employment in ...

Berlatsky, Noah

Noah Berlatsky is a freelance writer for the Guardian, Quartz, Splice Today, and other venues. He is the author of Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941–1948 (2015).

Berman, Greg

Greg Berman is the executive director of the Center for Court Innovation and the coauthor of Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration (New Press, 2018).

Bernofsky, Susan

Susan Bernofsky directs the literary translation program at the Columbia University School of the Arts and writes the blog Translationista. A 2014 Guggenheim fellow, she is co-editor, with Esther ...

Bernstein, Susan David

Susan David Bernstein is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of Roomscape: Women Writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf (2013).
Michael Bérubé

Bérubé, Michael

Michael Bérubé is an Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University and the author of The Secret Life of Stories: From Don Quixote to Harry Potter, How Understanding ...

Best, Stephen

Stephen Best is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Fugitive’s Properties: Law and the Poetics of Possession (University of Chicago Press, 2004) ...

Beutin, Lyndsey

Lyndsey Beutin is an art educator and a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, where her research focuses on race, representation, and redress.

Beutner, Katharine

Katharine Beutner is the author of Alcestis. She teaches creative writing and literature at the College of Wooster.

Bhan, Gautam

Gautam Bhan researches and writes on issues of urban poverty, inequality, housing, and social protection. He is the author most recently of In the Public’s Interest: Evictions, Citizenship and ...
Jon Bialecki

Bialecki, Jon

Jon Bialecki is a fellow in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, and author of A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement ...
Steven Biel

Biel, Steven

Steven Biel is Executive Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center and Senior Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University. His books include American Gothic: A Life of America’s Most ...

Blain, Keisha N.

Keisha N. Blain is a historian of the 20th-century United States, with broad interdisciplinary interests and specializations in African American history, the modern African diaspora, and women’s and ...
Bruce G. Blair

Blair, Bruce G.

Bruce G. Blair is a research scholar at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security and cofounder of Global Zero, an international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons ...

Blankholm, Joseph

Joseph Blankholm is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently working on a monograph about secular activists and organized ...
Jessica Blatt

Blatt, Jessica

Jessica Blatt is an associate professor of political science at Marymount Manhattan College, where she teaches courses on political thought and American politics. She is the author of Race and the ...
Kathleen Blee

Blee, Kathleen

Kathleen Blee is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Bailey Dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She has published widely on the Ku Klux Klan and ...

Blum, Beth

Beth Blum is an assistant professor of English at Harvard University. She is finishing a book manuscript about the joint history of modern literature and self-help. Pieces pertaining to this research ...

Bockman, Johanna

Johanna Bockman is Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs at George Mason University. She is author of Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left-Wing Origins of Neoliberalism (Stanford) ...
Sissela Bok

Bok, Sissela

Sissela Bok, a writer and philosopher, is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. She is the author of many books, including Lying: Moral Choice in ...

Bolton, Jonathan

Jonathan Bolton is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, where he teaches Czech and Central European literature and history. He is the author of Worlds of Dissent: ...

Bommier, Swann

Swann Bommier holds a PhD in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo Paris). His PhD focused on how non-governmental organizations make use of international ...

Booth, Alison

Alison Booth is Professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf (1992) and How to Make It as a Woman: Collective ...

Borenstein, Eliot

Eliot Borenstein is Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. He is the author of Men without Women: Masculinity and Revolution in Russian Fiction, 1917–1919 (2000) and ...

Borius, Henri

Henri Borius lives in San Francisco, where he surfs Ocean Beach.

Boucicaut, Pascale

Pascale Boucicaut is a graduate student of folklore and archaeology at UC Berkeley. She frequently lives, works, and writes on the Isthmus of Panama.
Nicolas Bouleau

Bouleau, Nicolas

Nicolas Bouleau is Professor Emeritus at the École des Ponts ParisTech, where he was director of the Research Center in Mathematics and Scientific Computing. He is the author, most recently, of Le ...

Bourg, Julian

Julian Bourg is an associate professor of history at Boston College. His book, From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought (2007, 2017) won the 2008 Morris D. Forkosch Prize ...
Liz Bowen

Bowen, Liz

Liz Bowen is a poet and critic living in New York. She is the author of the poetry collection Sugarblood (Metatron 2017) and the chapbook Compassion Fountain (Hyacinth Girl Press 2019). She is also a ...

Boyer, Frédéric

Frédéric Boyer is the author of novels, essays, plays, and poetry, an editor at Bayard Presse, and a translator. He led a group of contemporary French writers in a new translation of the bible ...
Jules Boykoff

Boykoff, Jules

Jules Boykoff is the author of three books on the Olympic Games, most recently Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics (2016). His essays at the nexus of politics and sports have appeared ...

Boylan, Alexis

Alexis L. Boylan is the associate director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut and an associate professor of art history and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Her new ...

Bradbury, Joseph

Joseph Bradbury is from Salt Lake City but has lived all over the intermountain West and Southwest. He writes about identity and isolation and is currently working on a book about class and comfort ...
Guy Branum

Branum, Guy

Guy Branum is a comedian and writer. He is the host of Pop Rocket, a podcast about popular culture, and author of My Life As A Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)Popular Culture (Atria, 2018).

Brazil, Kevin

Kevin Brazil teaches English at the University of Southampton, UK. He is the author of Art, History, and Postwar Fiction (OUP, 2018).

Briefel, Aviva

Aviva Briefel is a professor of English at Bowdoin College. She is the author of The Deceivers: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (2006) and The Racial Hand in the Victorian ...
Laura Brill

Brill, Laura W.

Laura W. Brill is a lawyer in Los Angeles and a former law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She and her wife Ellen Evans were married in California in 2008 before the passage of Proposition 8 ...
S. Pearl Brilmyer

Brilmyer, Pearl

S. Pearl Brilmyer is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work lies at the intersection of the history of philosophy, science, and literature, with a focus on 19th ...

Britto, Karl Ashoka

Karl Ashoka Britto is an associate professor of French and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Disorientation: France, Vietnam, and the Ambivalence ...

Britton, Greg

Greg Britton is editorial director of Johns Hopkins University Press, where he oversees the editorial program and acquires the Press’s award-winning list in higher education studies. Prior to joining ...

Brooke-Smith, James

James Brooke-Smith is an Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Ottawa. He is currently writing a secret history of the public school.
Rosa Brooks

Brooks, Rosa

Rosa Brooks is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the author of How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything (2016). She also writes a weekly column for Foreign ...
Cammy Brothers

Brothers, Cammy

Cammy Brothers is an associate professor of art and architectural history at Northeastern University and the author of Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture (2008).

Brouillette, Sarah

Sarah Brouillette is a professor in the department of English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Broussard, Meredith

Meredith Broussard is an associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World ...

Brown, Jeremy

Jeremy Brown is Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University. He is author of City Versus Countryside in Mao’s China: Negotiating the Divide (2012) and editor of Maoism at the ...

Brownell, Kathryn C.

Kathryn Cramer Brownell is assistant professor of history at Purdue University.  She is the author of Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life, which explores the rise of the celebrity ...

Brunton, Finn

Finn Brunton is an assistant professor in NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. He is the author of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (2013) and, with Helen Nissenbaum ...

Buchanan, Rowan Hisayo

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of Harmless Like You, a New York Times Editor’s pick. Her short work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, the Paris Review Daily, and Guernica. She has ...

Buono, Page

Page Buono is at work on her MFA through the University of Arizona. Her current writing explores relationships that necessitate control and considers alternatives by bringing together experiences ...

Burns, Emily

Emily Burns was an intern for Public Books in spring 2016. She is an undergraduate student at Columbia University.
John Burroughs

Burroughs, John

John Burroughs, JD, PhD, is Executive Director of the New York City–based Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy. He represents LCNP in the United Nations, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review ...

Burstein, Jessica

Jessica Burstein is an Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. She is the author of Cold Modernism: Literature ...

Burt, Stephen

Stephen Burt (also Stephanie, or Steph) is Professor of English at Harvard and the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, most recently The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American ...

Butler, Judith

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the department of comparative literature and critical theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Notes Toward a Performative ...

Byrd, Brandon R.

Brandon R. Byrd is a historian of the 19th- and 20th-century United States with specializations in African American and African Diaspora History. He is currently an assistant professor of history at ...