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Amanda Little

Writer In Residence

Amanda Little is a Writer-in-Residence in the English department, where she teaches investigative journalism (Engl. 3896) and creative non-fiction (Engl. 3215). Little's reporting on energy and climate change has taken her to ultra deep oil rigs, down manholes, into sewage plants, and inside monsoon clouds. She is the author of Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair With Energy (HarperCollins, 2009) and has published articles on the environment, energy and technology in the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York, and the Washington Post. She is a former columnist for Outside magazine and, and contributes to She received the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for excellence in environmental journalism and the Green Prize in Sustainable Literature from the Santa Monica Public Library.

Little has interviewed key figures on all sides of the climate debate, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and James Inhofe. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio. Her keynotes and speaking events have included TEDx, Lexus, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit, and the Garden Club of America. She has been working in online media since 1996, when she was the first employee of the first online magazine, FEED.

Little serves on the Board of Trustees for Fisk University and lives near campus with her husband, a composer and music supervisor, and their kids. She is currently working on her second book, The Fate of Food (Random House, 2017), investigating what it will take to feed nine billion people in the climate change era.