Amy Ellis Nutt

Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence

Headshot of Amy Ellis Nutt

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2020

Wednesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

And by appt.

Henshaw C1, #202



M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S., Columbia University

A.B., Smith College


Amy Ellis Nutt ’77 is the Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence for the spring 2020 term. She is a journalist and author, and in 2011, as a projects writer at The Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, New Jersey, Nutt was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She has written three books, including two New York Times bestsellers. She was most recently employed by The Washington Post as a science writer on the national desk and currently she is working on her fourth book, American Madness, a narrative history of mental health treatment in America.

Nutt graduated from Smith College with high honors in English and distinction in philosophy. She has master’s degrees in philosophy from M.I.T. and journalism from Columbia University. Before working for The Star-Ledger, she was a writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated. She also has taught at Columbia and Princeton universities and was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard in 2005–06.

Nutt was born in New York, grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Washington, D.C.