• Lauren Redniss

    Associate Professor of Illustration


    Lauren Redniss is the author of several works of visual non-fiction and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. Her book, Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future, won the 2016 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Her previous book, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award. Her writing and drawing has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. She has been a Guggenheim fellow, a New America Fellow, a fellow the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers, and Artist-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History. 

    The National Book Foundation wrote the following in its citation of Radioactive, the first visual book to be named a finalist for the National Book Award in Non-Fiction:

    “Redniss’ achievement is a celebration of the essential power of books to inform, charm, and transport. In marrying the graphic and visual arts with biography and cultural history, she has expanded the realm of non-fiction.”

    Recent Publications:

    Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West (Random House, 2020)

    Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future (Random House, 2015)

    Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (HarperCollins, 2010)

    Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last LIving Star of the ZIegfeld Follies (HarperCollins, 2006)

    Research Interests:

    visual journalism, drawing, graphic novels, printmaking

    Awards And Honors:

    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, 2016

    PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, 2016

    New America Foundation Fellow, 2016-2017

    Artist-in Residence, American Museum of Natural History, 2013

    Guggenheim Fellowship, 2012

    Finalist, National Book Award, 2011

    New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers Fellowship, 2008-2009

    Current Courses:

    Senior Thesis 1

    Senior Thesis 2 (Spring 2021)

    Topics: (Spring 2021)