Amy Sturgis

Amy Sturgis
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Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University and specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Native American studies.

In the field of Science Fiction/Fantasy studies, she has edited five books and published numerous essays and articles. Her most recent works include "'Crowded in My Sky': Liberty and the Frontier in Firefly and Serenity" for the The Philosophy of Joss Whedon (2011), "In Search of Fringe's Literary Ancestors" for Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists (2011), and "If This Is 'The Final Frontier,' Where Are the Natives?" for Star Trek and History (2013). Sturgis also contributes a regular "History of the Genre" segment to the popular U.K. podcast StarShipSofa. In 2006, Sturgis was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for Achievement in Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship. In 2009 and 2011, she was honored with the Sofanaut Award in podcasting for her regular "History of the Genre" segments on StarShipSofa, which in 2010 became the first podcast in history to win a Hugo Award. 

In the field of Native American Studies, Sturgis is the author of two books on presidential policy, as well as The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal (Greenwood, 2006) and Tecumseh: A Biography (Greenwood, 2008). Her articles on Native American subjects have appeared in publications such as The Seventeenth Century and The Freeman, and she has contributed multiple articles on the subject to Reason. Recently, Sturgis was filmed in South Dakota as the expert on Native America for a forthcoming Italian documentary on the American West in myth and reality by Filmaker Productions, and contributed a series of YouTube history films for (2012).

A member of the Advisory Board of Mythopoeic Press, two Prometheus Award Committees for the Libertarian Futurist Society, the Liberty and Power Group Blog, and the Mont Pelerin Society, Sturgis lives with her husband, Dr. Larry M. Hall, and their Boston terrier, Virginia, in the wooded hills outside of Hickory, North Carolina. Visit her official website at