Amanda Foreman

Amanda Foreman was born in London, brought up in Los Angeles, and educated in England. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University and received her doctorate in Eighteenth-Century British History from Oxford University in 1998. Foreman is the author of the award-winning best seller, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War.


She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, and divides her time between London and New York. In addition to her writing and lecturing, she has served as a judge on almost every major literary prize on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. She writes the popular Wall Street Journal column “Historically Speaking” and is also a columnist for Smithsonian and History Today.  In 2013, she founded the literary nonprofit House of SpeakEasy. Foreman’s next book, The World Made by Women: A History of Womankind from the Age of Cleopatra to the Era of Hillary Clinton, is slated for publication by in 2015.