Megan Tusler received her PhD in English from the University of Chicago in 2015, where she has taught courses in the American novel and photography, girlhood and American literature, and literary culture in Los Angeles. Her undergraduate degrees from Mills College are in English with a creative writing focus and Ethnic Studies, focusing on literature and race. She is at work on two projects, "American Snapshot: Urban Realism from New Deal to Great Society," which argues that political belonging in the 20th century United States produces unique forms of realism in response to social crisis, particularly through the mode of the photo-text, and "On Other Loathing," about misanthropy and negative affect in the American novel. Her work evaluates photographs, poetry, novels, short fiction, public documents, and documentary and narrative films. When not writing, she volunteers for Sit, Stay, Read, a literacy program that brings dogs into elementary school classrooms and Girls Rock! Chicago, a girls’ empowerment rock and roll camp. She enjoys sewing, true crime television and Windy City Soul Club.