Amy H. Sturgis holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Vanderbilt University and teaches interdisciplinary studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she specializes in the fields of science fiction/fantasy and Native American studies. She is also a faculty member at the innovative Mythgard Institute. Sturgis serves on the advisory board of Mythopoeic Press and various awards committees for the Libertarian Futurist Society, and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. She is featured in a series of online short documentaries produced by LearnLiberty.org in 2012.
Sturgis is the author of four books on U.S. presidential history and Native American studies, the editor of five books on science fiction and fantasy, and the writer of over forty published scholarly and mainstream essays and articles. She is a frequent public speaker at universities, conferences, and genre conventions, with over 200 presentations to her credit. In 2006, she was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for Achievement in Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship. She also contributes regular “History of the Genre” features to and narrates contemporary science fiction stories for the UK-based podcast StarShipSofa. In both 2009 and 2011, she was honored with The Sofanaut Award in Podcasting for Best Fact Article Contributor. In 2010, StarShipSofa became the first podcast in history to win the prestigious Hugo Award. Sturgis’s official website is here.