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Amy Nutt Adjunct Instructor School of Communication

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By Appointment
BA Smith College (English and Philosophy)

MS M.I.T. (Philosophy)

MS Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Favorite Spot on Campus
I don't know! I was new last fall when COVID hit! I'll update this term.
Favorite Place in Washington DC
Folger Shakespeare Library and looking up at Claes Oldenburg’s giant typewriter eraser in the National Art Museum’s Sculpture Garden
Book Currently Reading
“Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard,” by Clare Carlisle
I was a reporter at Sports Illustrated for nine years, then a projects writer at The Newark Star-Ledger where I won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2011. (I was a finalist in 2009.) Most recently, I was a science writer at The Washington Post for five years, the left to teach and write books full-time. I am the author of four books, two of them NYT bestsellers: “The The Teenage Brain“ and “Becoming Nicole.” I am currently working on a new book, "American Madness," a narrative history of mental illness in America. I collect old typewriters, 1950s Japanese toy robots and the occasional (when affordable) First Edition. I'm no longer a member of the National Press Club -- you don't need to be to go to all the talks -- but I am a proud member of the Cloud Appreciation Society.
For the Media
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Fall 2021

  • COMM-719 Longform Storytelling