Amy H. Sturgis

Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Gothic and Indigenous American Studies. She contributes the “Looking Back on Genre History” segment to the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa podcast. Dr. Sturgis is also the author of four books and over sixty essays; her published works have earned honors for her scholarship (from The Northeast Tolkien Society) and journalism (from the Los Angeles Press Club). She is the editor/co-editor of nine books and one magazine issue; the latter, Apex Magazine’s “A Celebration of Indigenous American Fantasists,” produced the winner of the 2018 Hugo Award and Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Her most recent works are the co-edited anthologies Star Trek: Essays Exploring the Final Frontier and Star Wars: Essays Exploring a Galaxy Far, Far Away (both 2023 from Vernon Press). Dr. Sturgis lives with her husband in the Appalachian Highlands of Virginia. Her official website is

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis is smiling at us with open, friendly eyes and a broad grin. She is waiting in a room with wooden walls and a wooden staircase, making us think of curling up in a cabin at story time to listen to her read beside the fire.