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    Professor Sarah Churchwell

Sarah Churchwell is Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professor of American Literature at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she is also Director of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s only festival of the humanities. She is the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of the Great Gatsby and The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Her literary journalism has appeared widely, including in the Guardian, New Statesman, Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times Book Review, Telegraph, Sunday Times, Independent, Spectator and many others. She comments regularly on arts, culture, and politics for television and radio, where appearances include Question Time, Newsnight and The Review Show. She has judged many literary prizes, including the 2014 Man Booker Prize, and she was a co-winner of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award. In 2017 she is a judge of the Baillie Gifford (formerly Samuel Johnson) Prize for nonfiction. Her next book, about the history of America First and the American Dream, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2018.