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Amanda Little

Writer In Residence

Amanda Little is a Writer-in-Residence in the English and CSET departments at Vanderbilt, where she teaches investigative journalism and science writing. Her courses include Investigative Writing in America (Engl. 3896 W / CSET 3896 W) The Art of Blogging: Learning How to Write in the Age of Online Journalism (Engl. 3215 W /. CSET 3215 W), and Pop Science: The Art and Impact of Popular Science Writing (Engl. 3720 W / CSET 3240 W). Amanda has a particular fondness for far-flung and hard-to-stomach reporting that takes her to ultradeep oil rigs, down manholes, into sewage plants, and inside monsoon clouds.

She is the author of The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World (Random House: Crown/Harmony), which explores how we'll feed humanity sustainably and equitably in the climate change era. She also wrote Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair With Energy (HarperCollins: Harper). Amanda covers the impact of Covid-19 on food and agriculture for Bloomberg and has published her writing in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity FairRolling StoneWiredNew York Magazine, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. A former columnist for Outside magazine and, she is a recipient of the Nautilus Award, the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award from the Society for Environmental Journalists, and the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for excellence in environmental journalism. 

Little has interviewed figures ranging from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and has appeared on "Fresh Air"with Terry Gross, MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Amanpour & Co. and CNN with Fareed Zakaria. A graduate of Brown University, she serves on the Board of Trustees at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and kids.