Amy H. Sturgis earned her PhD in intellectual history at Vanderbilt University. A specialist in science-fiction/fantasy studies and Native American studies, Sturgis is the author of four books and the editor of another five. Her essays have appeared in dozens of scholarly journals, popular magazines, and books, including Smart Pop’s Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the P.C. and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series (2011). In 2006, she was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for J.R.R. Tolkien Scholarship. In both 2009 and 2011, she received the Sofanaut Award for her regular “Looking Back at Genre History” segments on StarShipSofa, which in 2010 became the first podcast in history to win a Hugo Award. Her official website is amyhsturgis.com.