Our Writers



Bill Adams

is Moran Professor of conservation and development at Downing College, Cambridge and author of Green Development (2009).

Mark Anderson

is a science and technology writer whose work has appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone, and New Scientist, among others. His latest book is The Day the World Discovered the Sun (2012). He lives in Massachusetts.

Katherine Angel

is a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick and the author of Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult To Tell (2012).

Emily Anthes

is a science journalist and author. Her latest book is Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts (2013). She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog.

Samuel Arbesman

is a senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and a fellow at Harvard. His work has appeared in the New York Times and others. He is the author of The Half-Life of Facts (2012).

John Armstrong

is a philosopher at the University of Melbourne and at the School of Life in London. His latest book is Art as Therapy (2013), co-authored with Alain de Botton.

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

is professor of psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. His latest book Getting to 30: A Parent’s Guide to the 20-Something Years, will be published in May 2014.

Polina Aronson

is a Russian writer and a lecturer in sociology at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

Stephen T Asma

is professor of philosophy and distinguished scholar at Columbia College Chicago. His latest book is Against Fairness: In Favor of Favoritism.

Julian Baggini

is a writer and founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine. His latest book The Virtues of the Table, will be published in January 2014 by Granta.

Philip Ball

is a British science writer, whose work appears in Nature, New Scientist and Prospect, among others. His latest book is Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler (2013).

Michael Banissy

is a lecturer in psychology at the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

David P Barash

is an evolutionary biologist, aspiring buddhist, and professor of psychology and biology at the University of Washington. His most recent book is Buddhist Biology.

Martine Batchelor

is a buddhist teacher and former buddhist nun. Her latest book is The Spirit of the Buddha (2010). She lives in France.

Bella Bathurst

is a writer and photographer. Her latest book is The Bicycle Book. She lives in Scotland.

Matthew Battles

is the author of Library: an Unquiet History, the co-founder of the HiLowbrow blog and a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Roy F Baumeister

is professor of psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. His latest book is Willpower (2010), co-authored with John Tierney.

Clare Bayley

is a playwright and journalist. Formerly the theatre editor of The Independent, she now writes plays for radio, stage and film which have been produced by BBC Radio 4 and Hampstead Theatre.

Ned Beauman

was named one of Granta’s best of young British novelists in 2013. The Teleportation Accident (2012) won the Encore Award and a Somerset Maugham award. His latest novel is Glow (2014).

Ruth Behar

was born in Cuba and raised in New York. She is now a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her latest book is Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys (2013).

Michael Belfiore

is an American journalist & speaker on innovation, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, & The New York Times. His latest book is The Department of Mad Scientists (2009).

Aaron Ben-Zeev

is professor of philosophy and former president of the University of Haifa in Israel. His latest book is In the Name of Love (2008), co-authored with Ruhama Goussinsky.

Jesse Bering

is a former academic in psychology whose writing has appeared in Scientific American, Slate and The Guardian, among others. His latest book is Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us (2013).

David Berreby

is a science writer and the author of Us and Them: The Science of Identity (2008). He lives in New York.

Matt Bieber

has recently completed a masters in Buddhist Studies and is now training to be an elementary school teacher. He blogs at The Wheat and Chaff.

David Biello

is the environment and energy editor at Scientific American. He is writing a book about the Anthropocene and lives in New York.

Lee Billings

is a science journalist, whose work has been published in Nature, New Scientist, and Popular Mechanics, among others. His first book is Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars (2013).

Sven Birkerts

is the director of the writing seminars at Bennington College in Vermont and editor of the literary journal AGNI. His latest book is The Other Walk: Essays (2011).

Simon Blackburn

is a British philosopher and professor. His latest book is Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-love (2014).

Adam Blitz

is a Fellow at the Royal Anthropological Institute in London and a former Fulbright scholar. He has written for HaAretz, the Jerusalem Post and The Times of Israel.

Edward J Blum

is a professor of history at San Diego State University. His latest co-authored book The Color of Christ (2012), was named one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 2012 in religion.

Michael Bond

is a journalist who writes about psychology and behaviour for publications such as New Scientist, Nature, and Prospect, among others. His book, The Power of Others, was published on 1 May. He lives in London.

Brooke Borel

is a science writer. Her work has appeared in Slate, Discover, and BBC Future, and she is a contributing editor for Popular Science. She lives in New York.

Brendan Borrell

is a journalist and a 2013 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow. His writing has appeared in Scientific American, Slate and The New York Times.

Joanna Bourke

is a professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has published nine books, with her latest The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers out in June 2014.

Flinder Boyd

is a retired international basketball player. He writes about sport for Newsweek, S B Nation and Sports On Earth, and is a presenter on BT Sport. He blogs at I Wish I Was A Little Bit Taller.

Rebecca Boyle

is a freelance journalist in St. Louis, Missouri. She writes for science magazines for adults and children, and her blog, Eek Squad, is published by Popular Science.

Peter Brannen

is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and The Guardian, among others. In 2011, he was a journalism fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Benjamin Breen

is a history postgraduate at the University of Texas at Austin and the editor-in-chief and co-founder of The Appendix. He blogs about early modern history at Res Obscura and lives in Philadelphia.

Kate Brown

is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the author of Plutopia, out in 2013.

Allen Buchanan

is professor of philosophy and professor of law at Duke University in North Carolina. His latest book is Better Than Human: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Ourselves (2011).

Will Buckingham

is a philosopher, novelist, and Reader in Writing and Creativity at De Montfort University. His latest novel is The Descent of the Lyre (2012).

Rachel Ida Buff

teaches in the history department at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She edited Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship (2008).

Jacob Burak

is the founder of Alaxon, a digital magazine about culture, art and popular science, where he writes regularly. His latest book is How to Find a Black Cat in a Dark Room (2013). He lives in Tel Aviv.

John Burnside

is a poet and novelist. His latest book, A Summer of Drowning (2011), is published by Jonathan Cape. He lives in Fife, Scotland.

Maria Bustillos

is a cultural critic who writes for The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the author of Dorkismo: The Macho and the Dork (2009).

Luis Cabrera

is a reader in political theory at the University of Birmingham in the UK. His latest book is The Practice of Global Citizenship (2010).

Holly Case

is associate professor of history at Cornell University and the author of Between States: The Transylvanian Question and the European Idea during the Second World War (2009).

Stephen Cave

is an English philosopher and journalist. His latest book is Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How it Drives Civilisation (2012). He lives in Berlin.

Casey Cep

is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She has written for The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.

Tovar Cerulli

is the author of The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance. He lives in Vermont in the northeastern US.

Tom Chatfield

is a writer and commentator on digital culture. His latest book, Netymology: from Apps to Zombies, a Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World, is published by Quercus.

Carina Chocano

is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Wired, among others. She is the author of Do You Love Me or Am I Just Paranoid? (2003).

Mary H K Choi

is editor-at-large for MTV Style and contributes to Wired, The New York Times and The Awl. She lives in New York.

Claire L Evans

is an artist and writer and a member of the band YACHT. She lives in Los Angeles.

Guy Claxton

is the author of What's the Point of School? and Building Learning Power. He co-directs the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester.

Alexa Clay

is a writer who is still confused about whether aliens exist. Her first book, The Misfit Economy, co-authored with Kyra Maya Phillips, will be published by Simon & Schuster this year. She lives in Berlin.

Adam Corner

is a research associate in psychology at Cardiff University. His latest book is Promoting Sustainable Behaviour: A Practical Guide to What Works (2012).

Diane Coyle

is a freelance economist and former advisor to the UK Treasury. She runs the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. Her book, GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, is published this month.

Charles Crawford

served as a British diplomat in Yugoslavia after Tito died and then as UK Ambassador to Sarajevo and Belgrade. He is now a speechwriter and negotiation consultant.

Emma Crichton Miller

is a writer and journalist. She writes widely about art, craft and design.

Andrew Crumey

is a novelist with a PhD in physics, and the former literary editor of Scotland on Sunday. His latest novel is The Secret Knowledge (2013).

Clare Davies

is writing a memoir about her experiences with epilepsy as part of her PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London. She also writes a blog on tea, cake and death. She lives in Hove, by the sea.

Erik Davis

is a writer, culture critic and independent scholar. His latest book is Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica. He lives in San Francisco.

Anton Desyatnikov

is a research fellow at the Nonlinear Physics Centre at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Nathan Deuel

is an essayist, critic, and former editor at Rolling Stone. He lives in Beirut.

David Deutsch

is a physicist at the University of Oxford and a fellow of the Royal Society. His latest book is The Beginning of Infinity.

Colin Dickey

is the author of Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith. His work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and he is a regular contributor to Lapham’s Quarterly.

Josephine Dickinson

is a poet and musician who has been deaf since childhood. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Independent on Sunday and the Poetry Review. Her books include Silence Fell (2007) and Night Journey (2008).

Thomas Dixon

is director of the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London. His latest book is The Invention of Altruism (2008).

David Dobbs

has written for The New York Times, National Geographic, NewYorker.com and Slate. His next book, working title The Orchid and the Dandelion, is due in 2015. He lives in Vermont.

Helena Drysdale

is the author of several books, including Mother Tongues: Travels through Tribal Europe, and Strangerland: A Family at War.

Tim Ecott

is a journalist specialising in the Indian Ocean states, a qualified diving leader, and the author of Stealing Water: A Secret Life in an African City (2008). He lives in London.

David Edmonds

is a BBC journalist and senior research associate at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford.

Lucy Ellmann

is a novelist. Her first novel, Sweet Desserts, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. Mimi, her sixth, will be published by Bloomsbury in February.

Sophie Elmhirst

is a journalist and the features editor of the New Statesman magazine in London.

Karen Emslie

is a Scottish writer, artist and photographer. She has been car-jacked in Barcelona, lost in the Alps, and harassed by fake police in Cuba, but still loves the adventurer’s life. She is based in Spain.

Pamela Erens

is a novelist whose short stories and essays have been published in the Chicago Review, the Boston Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her latest novel is The Virgins (2013).

Dylan Evans

is the founder of Projection Point, a risk analysis firm. His latest book is Risk Intelligence: How to Live with Uncertainty (2012).

Ben Faccini

is a novelist and writer. From 2008 to 2010, he helped run the My Life Is a Story campaign for UNESCO to raise awareness about street children. He edited Outsiders (2013), a collection by Italian authors.

Henry Farrell

is an associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. His latest book is The Political Economy of Trust (2009).

Edmund Fawcett

is a British political journalist. Formerly chief correspondent of The Economist, he now writes for The New York Times, The Guardian and New Statesman . His latest book is Liberalism (2014).

Tom Feiling

is a writer, journalist and documentary maker. His latest book is Short Walks from Bogotá: Journeys in the New Colombia (Allen Lane 2012).

Keith Ferrell

writes fiction, non-fiction, and computer games. The former editor-in-chief of OMNI magazine, his latest book is History Decoded (2013), co-written with Brad Meltzer. He lives on a farm in Virginia.

Steve Fleming

is a cognitive neuroscientist. He is a postdoctoral fellow at New York University and a blogger at The Elusive Self.

John-Paul Flintoff

is an author, broadcaster and journalist based in London. He is also a member of the faculty of The School of Life.

Carlin Flora

is a journalist and former features editor at Psychology Today. Her work has appeared in Discover and Scientific American Mind, among others. She is the author of Friendfluence (2013).

Cal Flyn

is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and New Statesman, among others. She lives in the Highlands of Scotland.

Benjamin Y Fong

is doing a PhD in the philosophy of religion at Columbia University and is an affiliate scholar at Columbia's Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Tim Footman

is a journalist and editor, and the author of Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah (2009).

Edward L Fox

is a writer and associate lecturer in creative writing at the Open University. His latest book is River Spirits: An Amazonian Fantasy (2012).

Matthew Francis

is a science writer and speaker specialising in physics and astronomy. He blogs at Galileo’s Pendulum and is the physics and math editor at Double X Science. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

James Franklin

is professor of mathematics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. His book An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics is out this month.

Barbara Fredrickson

is professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina. Her latest book is Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become (2013).

Alexander B Fry

is a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle and owner of The Astronomist blog. His research interests focus on cosmology and extragalactic astronomy.

Steve Fuller

is a social epistemologist at the University of Warwick. His book The Proactionary Imperative, co-authored with Veronika Lipinska, is due out in spring 2014.

Adrian Furnham

is professor of psychology at University College London. His latest book is Dim Sum for Managers: Advice and Ideas for the Hungry Mind (2008).

Jessa Gamble

is co-owner of the Last Word On Nothing blog and author of The Siesta and the Midnight Sun: How We Measure and Experience Time (2011).

Livia Gershon

is a freelance reporter who writes about the intersection of economics, politics and everyday life. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Weekly and The Progressive, among others.

Amal Ghandour

is a communications strategist, blogger and the author of About This Man Called Ali. She lives in Beirut.

Michael Gibb

is a lecturer in philosophy at University College, Oxford, and an occasional NGO worker. He lives in London.

Rebecca Giggs

is a writer based in Sydney, Australia. Her non-fiction book After the Whales will be published by Scribe.

Enrique Gili

is a freelance writer living in Southern California.

Paul Gilster

is a full-time writer on aerospace and technology topics whose site, Centauri Dreams, chronicles ongoing research into interstellar flight.

Richard Gowan

is associate director of the Centre for International Cooperation at New York University and a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Katie Grant

is a novelist and columnist. Her first novel for adults, Sedition, will be published 2014. She was brought up on the edge of the Lancashire moors and now lives in Glasgow.

Peter Gray

is a psychologist and research professor at Boston College. He writes the Freedom to Learn blog, and is the author of Free to Learn (2013) and Psychology (2011).

Michael Graziano

is a neuroscientist, novelist and composer. He is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. His latest book is Consciousness and the Social Brain.

Ilan Greenberg

is a journalist and on the faculty of the Globalization and International Affairs Program at Bard College, in New York.

Kate Greene

is a freelance science and technology journalist, whose work has appeared in Discover & The Economist, among others. She spent four months in Hawai’i on a simulated Mars mission for NASA.

Veronique Greenwood

is a science journalist. Her work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Discover Magazine, and Scientific American, among others. She is based in Switzerland.

Justin Gregg

is a scientist working with the Dolphin Communication Project and co-editor of the academic journal Aquatic Mammals. He is the author of Are Dolphins Really Smart? (2013).

Tom Griffiths

is professor of history at the centre for environmental history at the Australian National University in Canberra. His latest book is Slicing the Silence (2007).

Lisa Guenther

is a philosopher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her latest book is Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives (2013).

Alexander Guerrero

is an assistant professor of philosophy, medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Guest

is a London-based journalist and writer focusing on international development and environmental issues.

Dwyer Gunn

is co-editor of the Freakonomics blog. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic and Slate. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Xiaolu Guo

is a Chinese writer and filmmaker who lives in London. Her latest novel, I Am China, was published in June 2014.

Mark Haddon

is an English novelist and poet, who also writes for radio and TV. Best-known for the award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (2003), his latest book is The Red House (2012).

Richard Hamilton

is a broadcast journalist for the BBC World Service, and the co-author of the Time Out Guide to Marrakech. His latest book is The Last Storytellers (2011). He lives in London.

Dan Hancox

writes for the Guardian. He wrote Utopia and the Valley of Tears: A journey through the Spanish crisis, and is working on another book on Spain for Verso.

David Hand

is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London, and chief scientific advisor to Winton Capital Management. His latest book is The Improbability Principle (2014).

Lynsey Hanley

is a journalist and former honorary research fellow at Lancaster University. She is the author of Estates: An Intimate History(2007). She lives in Liverpool.

Michael Hanlon

is a science journalist and a Templeton Journalism Fellow. His latest book is Eternity: Our Next Billion Years (2009). He lives in London.

Christopher Harding

is a lecturer in Asian history at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in modern Indian and Japanese history. He is one of BBC Radio 3’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’, 2013-14.

Malcolm Harris

is a writer whose work has appeared in The New Inquiry and Jacobin, and he is the editor of Share or Die: Youth in Recession (2011). He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Heather Havrilesky

is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, The Awl and Bookforum. Her latest book is the memoir Disaster Preparedness (2010). She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Helen Hayward

has worked as an editor and university teacher. She is currently Senior Writer at the magazine Forty Degrees South and lives in Hobart, Tasmania.

Robert Hazen

is a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory and professor of earth science at George Mason University. His latest book is The Story of Earth (2012).

William Helmreich

is professor of sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York. His latest book is The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City (2013).

Caspar Henderson

won the Roger Deakin Award in 2009 and the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award in 2010. His Book of Barely Imagined Beings is published by Granta.

Liam Heneghan

is professor of environmental science and ecosystem ecology at DePaul University, Chicago. He blogs at 3quarksdaily.com.

Dougald Hine

is a British writer. He founded the School of Everything, Spacemakers, & the Institute for Collapsonomics. e wrote Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto (2009) with Paul Kingsnorth.

Philip Hoare

is the author of Leviathan or, The Whale (2008) which won the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction. His latest book is The Sea Inside (2013).

Kurt Hollander

is a writer, translator, editor, photographer and filmmaker. He lives in Mexico City.

Leo Hollis

is a writer, publisher and urban historian. His latest book is Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis (2013). He lives in London.

Virginia Hughes

is a science journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her blog, Only Human, is published by National Geographic.

Matthew Hutson

is a science writer. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and Psychology Today, among others. He is the author of The Seven Laws of Magical Thinking (2012). He lives in New York City.

Juliet Jacques

is a British journalist who writes about gender, literature, film, art and football. She has written for The Guardian, New Statesman, The London Review of Books and other publications.

Brooke Jarvis

is an independent writer and editor. She lives on Puget Sound in Washington state.

Mike Jay

is a UK author and cultural historian. His latest book is The Influencing Machine (2012), now out in the US under the title A Visionary Madness.

Troy Jollimore

is a poet, literary critic and professor of philosophy at California State University, Chico. His latest book is On Loyalty (2012).

Lynne Jones

OBE is a psychiatrist, aid worker and writer with experience in conflict and disaster settings. Her latest book is Then They Started Shooting (2013). She is now working on a memoir, Outside the Asylum.

Peter Jukes

is a novelist, screenwriter, critic and journalist. His latest book is The Fall of the House of Murdoch (2012). He lives in London.

Ken MacLeod

is a science fiction writer. His latest novel, Intrusion, was shortlisted for the 2013 Arthur C Clarke Award.

Kapka Kassabova

is a Bulgarian-born writer and poet. Her latest book is Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story (2011). She lives in the Scottish Highlands.

Brandon Keim

is a freelance journalist specialising in science, environment and culture. His work has appeared in Wired magazine, USA Today and ABC News. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jared Keller

is a journalist, social media specialist, and amateur archer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Shannon Kelley

is a journalist, author and public speaker. A columnist for the Santa Barbara Independent, her work has also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor among others. She is the author of Undecided (2011).

AL Kennedy

writes fiction and non-fiction. She lectures at the University of Warwick and is a stand-up comedian. Her latest book is The Blue Book (2011).

Adrian Kent

is a reader in quantum physics at the University of Cambridge. His latest book is Many Worlds? (2010), co-edited with Simon Saunders, Jonathan Barrett and David Wallace.

Barbara J King

is professor of anthropology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She writes for NPR’s 13.7 popular science blog and her latest book is How Animals Grieve (2013).

Paul Kingsnorth

is a writer and poet. His new novel, The Wake, set in the period after the Norman Conquest, will be published next year by Unbound.

Greg Klerkx

is the author of Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age (2004) and the co-founder of Nimble Fish arts company. He lives in London.

Marek Kohn

is an author and journalist. His most recent book is Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles will Change as the World Heats Up.

Kapil Komireddi

is an Indian freelance writer. He has written from South Asia, eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Maria Konnikova

is the author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, The New Republic, and The Paris Review.

Roberta Kwok

is a freelance science writer, whose work has appeared in Nature, New Scientist and Salon.com, among others. She lives in Seattle.

Olivia Laing

is a writer with an interest in books, art and landscape. She is the author of To the River (2012). Her new book The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink is out in May.

Keren Landsman

is an Israeli physician specializing in epidemiology and public health. She writes science fiction and the Hebrew blog, 'End of the world'.

Sam Leith

is a writer and journalist. His latest book is Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama (2012). He lives in London.

John Lemons

is a professor of biological and environmental science and a fellow of the AAAS with interests in science, conservation and public policy.

Ian Leslie

writes about psychology, politics and social trends. His latest book is Curious: The desire to know and why your future depends on it (2014). He lives in London.

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

is professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. Her latest book is Air’s Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction (2012).

Rachel Lichtenstein

is a writer, artist and archivist, who teaches at the University of Westminster in London. Her latest book is Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden (2012).

Amy Liptrot

writes about wildlife, farming and island life for The Guardian, The Orcadian, and BuzzFeed, among others. She lives on the island of Papa Westray in Orkney, Scotland.

Kate Losse

writes about aesthetics, culture and technology. She has been published in Dissent and The New Yorker and is the author of The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network (2012).

Tim Lott

is the author of The Scent of Dried Roses (Penguin Modern Classics) and Under the Same Stars (Simon and Schuster).

Kathryn Gin Lum

teaches American religious history at Stanford University. She is the author of Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction (due in August 2014).

Thomas Lynch

is a poet, essayist and undertaker. His latest collection of poetry is The Sin Eater: A Breviary (2011). He lives in Milford, Michigan.

Dorian Lynskey

is a music writer for The Guardian. His latest book is 33 Revolutions Per Minute (2012). He lives in London.

Fraser MacDonald

teaches human geography at the University of Edinburgh and blogs at Modern Lives, Modern Landscapes. His latest project is a history of rocket technology.

Helen Macdonald

is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian and affiliate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge. Her new book, H is for Hawk, is out next year.

Sara Maitland

has written 16 novels. Her memoir, The Book of Silence, was published by Granta in 2008.

Jo Marchant

is a science journalist, whose work has appeared in New Scientist, Nature and The Observer, among others. Her latest book is The Shadow King (2013). She lives in London.

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

is director of the music cognition lab at the University of Arkansas, a trained concert pianist, and the author of On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind (2013).

Lori Marino

is a neuroscientist at Emory University. She is executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy in Decatur, Georgia. She has been studying dolphins and whales for 25 years.

Jonathan Marks

is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He wrote The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology (2011).

Edward Marriott

has written four books of non-fiction, including Claude and Madeleine: A True Story of War, Espionage and Passion. He now works as a psychotherapist.

Linda Marsa

is a contributing editor for Discover magazine, a teacher on the writer’s programme at UCLA, and the author of Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Hurt Our Health (2013).

Alexander Masters

is an author, screenwriter and illustrator. His biography Stuart, a Life Backwards won the Guardian First Book Award. His latest book is Simon, the Genius in My Basement.

Mohan Matthen

is professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. His most recent book is Seeing, Doing and Knowing (2005). Born in India, he lives in Canada.

Tim Maudlin

is professor of philosophy at New York University. His latest book is Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time (2012).

Neil McArthur

is a philosopher at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He wrote David Hume’s Political Theory (2007) and directed Land of Oil and Water (2009). He blogs at Moral Lust, and lives in Winnipeg.

Ronan McCrea

is a barrister and a lecturer at the Faculty of Laws at University College London. His latest book is Religion and the Public Order of the European Union (2010).

Melanie McGrath

writes narrative non-fiction and crime novels. Her new novel The Boy in The Snow is published by Mantle.

Patrick McNamara

is director of the Evolutionary Neurobehavior Laboratory at the Boston University School of Medicine. His latest book is The Cognitive Neuropsychiatry of Parkinson’s Disease (2011).

Margot Mifflin

is an author and journalist who teaches at the City University of New York. Her latest book is the third edition of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo (2013).

Kent Miller

is an English teacher in Shezhen, China. He has written for The Guardian, Proto magazine and Nintendo Power.

Megan Molteni

is a science journalist, radio producer and former biology researcher. She lives in California.

George Monbiot

is a British writer and environmentalist. His latest book is Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding (2013). He lives in Wales.

Emily Monosson

is an environmental toxicologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the author of Evolution in a Toxic World.

Joe Moran

is a professor of English and cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University. His latest book is Armchair Nation: An Intimate History of Britain in Front of the TV, forthcoming this autumn.

Neville Morley

is professor of ancient history at Bristol University, and the author of Trade in Classical Antiquity.

Iwan Rhys Morus

is professor of history at Aberystwyth University in Wales and the editor of the journal History of Science. His latest book is Shocking Bodies (2011).

Melinda Wenner Moyer

is a science and health journalist. She teaches at the City of New York’s graduate school of journalism, and is the parenting columnist for Slate. She lives in Cold Spring, NY.

Susan Neiman

is a moral philosopher and essayist. Her latest book is Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists (2008). She lives in Berlin and is the director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam.

Jill Neimark

is an award-winning science journalist and author, and a contributing editor and feature writer at Discover Magazine. She lives in the US state of Georgia.

Michelle Nijhuis

is an American science journalist who writes about conservation and climate change for publications including National Geographic and the Smithsonian magazine.

Kristin Ohlson

is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, and New Scientist, among others. Her latest book is The Soil Will Save Us (2014). She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Wendy Orent

is an Atlanta-based anthropologist specializing in health and disease. She is author of Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease (2012).

Ruth Padel

is an award-winning poet. She recently published The Mara Crossing (Chatto & Windus), a poetic exploration of migration in animals and human beings.

James Palmer

is a British writer and editor who works closely with Chinese journalists. His latest book is The Death of Mao (2012). He lives in Beijing.

Cara Parks

is an American freelance journalist who has written for The New York Times, Slate and Foreign Policy, among others. She currently lives in Barcelona.

Margaret Paxson

is a writer and anthropologist living in Washington, DC, and is the author of Solovyovo (2005).

Sarah Perry

won the 2005 Shiva Naipaul memorial prize for travel writing. Her first novel, Confusion, will be published in 2014. She lives in Norfolk.

Anne Helen Petersen

is a features writer at BuzzFeed. She received her PhD in media studies at the University of Texas and is the author of Scandals of Classic Hollywood 2014.

Bryan Pfeiffer

is a field biologist, writer and lecturer at the University of Vermont. His book in progress is provisionally titled Pantala: What a dragonfly tells us about sex, evolution and the human condition.

Hanna Pickard

is a philosopher of mind at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, and a therapist at the Oxfordshire Complex Needs Service.

Joseph Pierre

is a health sciences clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-chief of the Schizophrenia Treatment Unit at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.

Massimo Pigliucci

is chair of the philosophy department at CUNY-Lehman and the author of Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life.

Sarah Pike

is a professor of religion at California State University, Chico. She wrote Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and The Search for Community.

Edward Platt

is a regular contributor to the New Statesman and other newspapers and magazines. His latest book is The City of Abraham: History, Myth and Memory, a Journey Through Hebron (2012).

Steven Poole

is a journalist, broadcaster and composer. His latest book is You Aren’t What You Eat (2012).

Jonathon Porritt

is a founder and director of Forum for the Future and the former director of Friends of the Earth. His latest book is The World We Made (2013). He lives in Cheltenham.

Graham Priest

is distinguished professor of philosophy at CUNY and professor emeritus at the University of Melbourne. His latest book, One, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

Jesse Prinz

is professor of philosophy at the City University of New York. His latest book is Beyond Human Nature (2012).

Addy Pross

is professor of chemistry at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. His latest book is What is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology (2012).

Stephen J Pyne

is a professor at the school of life sciences at Arizona State University and the author of Fire: Nature and Culture (2012).

John Quiggin

is professor of economics at the University of Queensland. His latest book, Zombie Economics, is published by Princeton University Press.

Youssef Rakha

is the author of seven books in Arabic. His first novel, Book of the Sultan’s Seal, is forthcoming in English, published by Interlink. He blogs at yrakha.com.

Rosemary Randall

is a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist and a writer, researcher and blogger on climate change.

Venkatesh Rao

is a Seattle-based writer and consultant. He is the author of Tempo (2011), a book on decision-making, and blogs at ribbonfarm.

Shruti Ravindran

is a freelance journalist, writing about science, health and the environment. Her work has appeared in Scientific American & The Verge, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

S Abbas Raza

was born in Pakistan, educated at Johns Hopkins and Columbia, and now lives in Italy. He is the founding editor of 3QuarksDaily.com.

Jalees Rehman

is an associate professor of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Illinois. He blogs on regenerative medicine at SciLogs and on science, culture and religion at Fragments of Truth.

Julie Rehmeyer

is a math and science writer, and a contributing editor at Discover. Her work has appeared in Science News, Wired, and New Scientist among others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Leah Reich

is has a background in sociology and writes about people and relationships in the cross-section of culture and technology. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic and The Awl, among others.

Joerg Rieger

is professor of constructive theology at the Perkins School of Theology at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and co-author of Occupy Religion (2012).

Adam Roberts

is a professor of English literature at Royal Holloway University and a science fiction author. His latest book is Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea (2014). He lives near London.

Hilary Rose

is a feminist sociologist. She is emerita professor at Bradford University

Mark Rowlands

is professor of philosophy at the University of Miami. His latest book is Running with the Pack (Granta).

Lyle Jeremy Rubin

is a PhD student in American History at the University of Rochester. He served five years in the United States Marine Corps.

Rebecca Ruiz

is a features writer at Mashable who covers gender and equality issues. She has also written about the military, technology, science and mental health. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Michael Ruse

is director of history and philosophy of science at Florida State University. He is writing Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Suzanne Sadedin

has a PhD in Zoology from Monash University, and has since held research positions at Monash University, the University of Tennessee, Harvard University and KU Leuven.

Robert Sapolsky

is a primatologist, a professor at Stanford University & at Stanford School of Medicine. His latest book is Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals (2005).

Julian Savulescu

is the Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. His latest book is Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral Enhancement (2012), co-authored with Ingmar Persson.

Julian Sayarer

is a journalist and author. In 2009 he set a world record circumnavigating the globe by bike. He blogs at thisisnotforcharity.com.

Caleb Scharf

is director of astrobiology at Columbia University in New York. He is the author of Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology (2009), which won the Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award.

J L Schellenberg

is professor of philosophy at Mount Saint Vincent University and adjunct professor of philosophy at Dalhousie University, both in Nova Scotia, Canada. His latest book is Evolutionary Religion (2013).

Florian Schui

is a historian at Royal Holloway, University of London. He blogs about history and the financial crisis, and his latest book is Austerity: The Great Failure (2014).

Michael Schulson

is an American freelance writer. His work has appeared in Religion Dispatches, The Daily Beast, and Religion and Politics, among others. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Eric Schwitzgebel

is professor of philosophy at University of California, Riverside. He blogs at the Splintered Mind and his latest book is Perplexities of Consciousness (2011).

Sarah Scoles

is associate editor at Astronomy magazine. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Brett Scott

writes about financial activism and social and environmental finance. He is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance (2013).

Roger Scruton

is a writer, philosopher and public commentator. His most recent book is Our Church: A Personal History of the Church of England (2012).

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

is a British journalist writing on current affairs, the arts and religion with work published in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Formerly based in China, she now lives in Sydney.

Rachel Shabi

is an award-winning journalist specialising in the Middle East, and author of Not the Enemy – Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands (2009).

Samira Shackle

is a freelance British journalist and writer, whose work has been published in the New Statesman, The Guardian, Prospect and The Express Tribune. She lives in Islamabad and London.

Lawrence Shapiro

is a professor in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His latest book is Embodied Cognition (2011).

Kevin Sites

is the author of The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won't Tell You About What They've Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War (Harper Perennial, 2013).

Lauren Slater

is a psychologist and writer. She is the author of Opening Skinner’s Box. She lives in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Robin Sloan

is a writer. His first novel, Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (2012), has been published in more than 20 countries. He lives in San Francisco.

David Sloan Wilson

is President of the Evolution Institute (evolution-institute.org). His most recent book is The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time (2011).

Dava Sobel

wrote Longitude, which won the 1997 British Book of the Year award, and A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.

James Somers

is a writer and programmer. He is based in New York.

Anthony Sorge

is a cartoonist, high-school English teacher and activist, and the creator of the Crust Dog comic. He lives in Connecticut.

Michael Sorkin

is an architect and critic. He is principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, and a professor of architecture at the City College of New York. His latest book is All Over the Map (2011).

Rhys Southan

is a freelance writer and former vegan. He has written for The New Inquiry, The New York Times and his own blog, Let Them Eat Meat, and is working on a book about the ethics of eating meat.

Lewis Spurgin

is an evolutionary biologist at the University of Groningen and a visiting researcher at the University of East Anglia. He writes about science, politics, culture and writing.

Peter Stenson

is the author of Fiend, published by Random House and an Amazon Spotlight Debut for July. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his daughter, wife and fat dog.

Melissa Stetten

was born in Kalamazoo in Michigan. She is a writer, photographer and model. She blogs at Pretty Bored and lives between New York City and Los Angeles.

Patrick Stokes

is a lecturer in philosophy at Deakin University in Australia, and one half of stand-up duo the Fake McCoys. His latest book, co-edited with Adam Buben, is Kierkegaard and Death (2011).

Samanth Subramanian

is the India correspondent for The National. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and Newsweek, among others.

Brian Switek

is a science writer whose work has been published in Slate, The Wall Street Journal and New Scientist, among others. His latest book is My Beloved Brontosaurus (2013).

Daniel Tammet

is best known for Born on a Blue Day, a memoir of his life with high-functioning autism and savant syndrome. His latest book is Thinking in Numbers (2012).

Jonny Thakkar

is a lecturer in philosophy and humanities at Princeton University, and a Cone-Haarlow-Cotsen Fellow in the Society of Fellows. He is also one of the founding editors of The Point.

Sue Thomas

is a writer and digital pioneer. Her latest book is Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace (2013).

Michael Thomsen

is a writer in New York. His work has appeared in Slate, n+1, Bookforum and The Believer. His memoir Levitate the Primate (2012) is published by Zero Books.

Hugh Thomson

is a travel writer. His latest book, The Green Road into the Trees, is about England.

Nick Thorpe

is an award-winning journalist & author of three travel memoirs. He is writing a novel based on Easter Island, which he first visited in a 2,500-mile voyage on a reed boat.

Nathaniel Tkacz

is an assistant professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. He co-edited Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader.

Peter Turchin

is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Connecticut and Vice-President of the Evolution Institute. He wrote War and Peace and War: the Rise and Fall of Empires.

Jon Turney

is a science writer, editor and reviewer. His latest book, co-written with Julie Clayton, is Fifty Years at the Heart of Health (2012).

Robert Twigger

is a British poet, writer and explorer. He lives in Cairo, Egypt.

Tom Uglow

is creative director for Google's Creative Lab in Sydney. He works with cultural and creative organisations around the world exploring the intersection between technology and the arts.

Chika Unigwe

was born in Enugu, Nigeria. She lives and works in Turnhout, Belgium. Night Dancer is her latest novel.

Mark Vernon

was a Church of England priest and is now a writer and journalist. His new book, Love: All That Matters, is out this month.

Vlatko Vedral

is a professor of physics at the University of Oxford and the National University of Singapore. He is the author of Decoding Reality (2010).

Lizzie Wade

is a science writer. She is the Latin America correspondent for Science, and her work has also appeared in Wired and Slate. She lives in Mexico City.

Cameron Walker

is a freelance science writer. Her work has appeared in Nature, Discover and Cancer Today. She blogs at The Last Word On Nothing, and lives on California’s Central Coast.

Damien Walter

is a writer, columnist for The Guardian and activist for reading and literacy. He teaches creative writing at the University of Leicester.

Stuart Walton

wrote Out Of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication: A Natural History of Human Emotions and the forthcoming In The Realm of the Senses: A Materialist Theory of Seeing and Feeling. He also writes on food.

Jessica Wapner

is a freelance science writer and the author of The Philadelphia Chromosome (2013). She lives in New York.

Nigel Warburton

is a former lecturer in philosophy. He founded the Humanist Philosophers Group and presents the Philosophy Bites podcast series. His latest book is A Little History of Philosophy (2011).

D Watkins

is a Baltimore writer whose work has been published in Vice and Salon. His debut memoir, Cook Up, will be released by Grand Central in 2015.

Jay Watts

is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and academic based in London. She tweets @Shrink_at_Large.

Jason Webster

is an Anglo-American crime novelist, travel writer and critic. His latest book is The Anarchist Detective (2013). He lives in Spain.

Kenneth Weiss

is professor of anthropology at Penn State University. He is the co-author of The Mermaid’s Tale: Four Billion Years of Co-operation in the Making of Living Things (2009).

Thomas Wells

is a philosopher based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He edits the Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics and blogs at The Philosopher’s Beard.

Margaret Wertheim

is an Australian-born science writer and director of the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles. Her latest book is Physics on the Fringe (2011).

Harvey Whitehouse

is a professor of social anthropology at Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of Magdalen College. He co-edited Religion, Anthropology and Cognitive Science (2007).

Peter Whiteley

is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History & teaches anthropology at Columbia and the City University of New York. His latest book is The Orayvi Split: a Hopi Transformation (2008).

Will Wiles

writes about architecture and design. His debut novel, Care of Wooden Floors (2012), won a Betty Trask award. His second novel, The Way Inn, is out now. He lives in London.

Richard J Williams

is Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Edinburgh. His latest book is Sex and Buildings: Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution (2013). He lives in Morningside.

Jeff Winkler

is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Slate, The Guardian and The New Republic, among others. He lives in Austin, Texas.

David Wood

is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, Nashville. His books include Time After Time (2007). He is also an earth artist and runs Yellow Bird sculpture park.

Itai Yanai

is associate professor in biology at the Israel Institute of Technology.

Ed Yong

is an award-winning science writer. His blog Not Exactly Rocket Science is hosted by National Geographic, and he has been published in Wired, Nature, New Scientist, The Guardian and The Times.

Damon Young

is a philosopher and author. His new book, Writers in the Garden, will be published in spring 2014 by Rider, an imprint of Random House. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Ilana Yurkiewicz

is a third-year student at Harvard Medical School and a blogger for Scientific American. She does bioethics research at Harvard, and her work has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine.

George Zarkadakis

is a Greek novelist, playwright and essayist. His latest novel, The Island Survival Guide (2009), was published in Spain and Greece.

Jess Zimmerman

is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Hairpin, Dame Magazine and The Guardian, among others. She edits the essay collection The Archipelago, and lives in Brooklyn.

Tadej Znidarcic

is based in Africa. His photography has appeared in Le Monde, The Independent, Conde Nast Traveller and The New York Times.