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Dr. Amanda Foreman is an award-winning historian, and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times and The Smithsonian Magazine. Her first book, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was an international bestseller, and won the 1998 Whitbread Prize for Biography. It has been developed into a television documentary, a radio play starring Dame Judi Dench and the Oscar-winning film, The Duchess. Her second book, A World on Fire, was also a bestseller and won the Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War History. It was a runner-up for five further awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was chosen by The New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2011. In 2015 Foreman wrote and presented the critically acclaimed BBC2 series, The Ascent of Woman, which was released on Netflix in April 2016.

Amanda is the chair of the Feminist Institute. She sits on the Advisory Council for Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, and is a trustee of the Whiting Foundation. She is on the board of Americans For Oxford, International Friends of the London Library, and is on the executive board for the Society of American Historians.  In 2016, Foreman received the St. George’s Society of New York’s Anglo-American Cultural Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the US-UK cultural world.

Her next book, ‘The World Made by Women: A New History of Humanity’, is scheduled to be published in 2024. Amanda lives in New York with her husband and five children.