Susan Faludi is an independent journalist and author who has written extensively on feminism and gender in contemporary American society. She is the author most recently of The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America (Metropolitan Books, 2007), a finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her other books include Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women (Crown, 1991), which won the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man (Wm. Morrow and Co., 1999).
At Radcliffe, Faludi plans to research the history of mother-daughter relations in America and its implications for the course of American feminism. Her project will explore the effects that mother-daughter affiliations may have had on political relationships between older and younger feminists, how they may have contributed to feminism’s successes and setbacks, and what role they may have played in American feminism’s perennial difficulty in maintaining a movement from one generation to the next.
Faludi graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1981 with a BA in history and literature. She has worked as a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, the San Jose Mercury News, and several other newspapers and has written for many publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Nation. She won the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism in 1991 for her article in the Wall Street Journal on the human consequences of the leveraged buyout of Safeway Stores.