Amy H. Sturgis

Amy H. Sturgis

Adjunct Professor
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in intellectual history from Vanderbilt University, specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Native American Studies, and teaches at Lenoir-Rhyne University. In addition, she contributes the regular “Looking Back on Genre History” segment to StarShipSofa, which in 2010 became the first podcast in history to win a Hugo Award. In 2006, Sturgis was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for Achievement in J.R.R. Tolkien/Inklings scholarship. In 2015, the Los Angeles Press Club named her Reason Magazine article “Not Your Parents’ Dystopias: Millennial Fondness for Worlds Gone Wrong” the “Best Magazine Review/Criticism/Column” of the year. She has authored four books, edited six others, and published over fifty essays in scholarly and popular publications. A regular guest speaker at universities and genre events, Sturgis also has taught summer seminars for the Institute for Humane Studies, Cato University, and the Foundation for Economic Education, and she has been interviewed as an expert by a variety of programs and publications such as NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and The Huffington Post. Sturgis lives with her husband in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her official website is amyhsturgis.com.

Blog Posts

Andrew Jackson is a bad role model for the president

Donald Trump added a portrait of Andrew Jackson to the White House Oval Office shortly after his inauguration. Why Jackson?

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In celebration of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

She was literally born out of the Liberty Movement.

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When Nazis were Nazis: Katharine Burdekin’s Swastika Night

Swastika Night is one of the first works of fiction to address the question, “What if the Nazis won the war?”

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Edgar Allan Poe’s hilarious, horrifying vision of the future

January 19, 2017 is the 208th birthday of literary great Edgar Allan Poe.

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When fans become creators

When fans of Star Trek or Harry Potter write their own stories or make their own films or music set in those universes, are they hurting the original art or its creators? Or are they in fact making new art and adding something positive to the world?

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The Gothic and the Literature of Liberty

This Halloween season, as you’re contemplating shadows on the wall and things that go bump in the night, I invite you to consider that the Gothic tradition includes works deserving…

The Society That Will Help You Bolster Your Libertarian Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading List

Do you dream of a free future? Are you looking for challenging speculative fiction that wrestles with big ideas? Are you interested in how such fiction “can promote an appreciation of the…

Read This Novel Before You Read the News

What’s the worst that could happen in the upcoming presidential election? A classic novel takes us to that world gone wrong so that we can see the chilling results unfold step by step.

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The Dark, Dystopian Novel That Should Be at the Top of Your 2016 Reading List

On April 25, 2016, organizers of MidAmericon II/The 74th World Science Fiction Convention announced the finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards, one of the most prestigious accolades in the global…

What J.K. Rowling Does And Doesn’t Do for Native Americans

The Controversy In preparation for the November 2016 release of her upcoming film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which is set in 1920s New York City and features MACUSA,…

The Red Rising Trilogy, A Review

The Red Rising trilogy is a “must read” for those who follow young adult dystopias, dystopian fiction in general, and contemporary science fiction, as well as those interested in “big…

Steampunk Political Thought, Anyone?

In The God of the Machine, journalist Isabel Paterson (January 22, 1886, – January 10, 1961) offers an original theory of history based on the metaphor of the machine, with…

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Videos

Good and Evil in Star Wars

Why do good people do bad things? There are many life lessons that can be learned from Star Wars. Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, a professor of intellectual history at Lenoir…

Star Wars Conspiracy: Behind the History

Are you a huge Star Wars Fan? Did you know the conspiracy behind the story of Star Wars? Check out Professor Amy Sturgis revealing the historical meaning behind these iconic…

How To Make A Learn Liberty Video – Featuring Star Wars #BTS

How To Make A Learn Liberty Video Featuring Star Wars #BTS! Check out this step by step on how to make a creative, educational video!

Star Wars Conspiracy: Does Fear Cost Us Our Liberty?

Star Wars Conspiracy: Does Star War give us insight that fear can actually cost us our liberty in times of crisis? What is your opinion? Let us know if the…

Rise of the Mockingjay: From Ferguson to Hong Kong

In the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen becomes the Mockingjay–a symbol of hope and rebellion for the people of Panem. In today’s world, where new technology enables government surveillance and censorship,…

Is Katniss a Modern-Day Spartacus?

Literature and legend often reflect their culture. Some themes, like that of rulers imposing coercive power, or of individuals rising up against tyrants, are as relevant today as they were…

The Expulsion of the Acadians

The sad history of state-sponsored ethnic cleansing in North America begins with the story of the 18th century expulsion of the Acadians by the British. Professor Amy Sturgis explains that…

Protest against the Trail of Tears

The U.S. government’s forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia to modern-day Oklahoma has become known as the Trail of Tears. The event is a blemish on U.S. history.…

The Trail of Tears: They Knew It Was Wrong

The Trail of Tears shouldn’t have happened. People at the time knew that it was wrong, that it was illegal, and that it was unconstitutional, but they did it anyway.…

Forgotten Rebellion: Black Seminoles and the Largest Slave Revolt in U.S. History

Historian Amy Sturgis recounts history that seems made for the movies but hasn’t made it to the big screen. It’s a decades-long story of oppression and freedom fighting. Why hasn’t…

Andrew Jackson: The First Imperial President

According to Professor Amy H. Sturgis, Andrew Jackson frequently appears in top ten lists of great Presidents of the United States. The following reasons are often given to justify Jackson’s…