Local Coordinator Program

Dr. Amy Sturgis

Dr. Amy H. Sturgis specializes in the fields of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Native American Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in intellectual history from Vanderbilt University, serves as the Department Chair for Literature and Language at the Mythgard Institute at Signum University, and also
teaches in the Liberal Studies program at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Sturgis serves on various awards committees for the Libertarian Futurist Society, has been featured in multiple LearnLiberty educational videos created by the Institute for Humane Studies for YouTube, and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Sturgis has authored four books on Native American studies and U.S. presidential history and edited five books on science fiction and fantasy topics, and she has published more than 40 scholarly and mainstream book chapters, articles, and essays. A regular speaker at universities, think tanks, and genre conventions across North America and Europe, Sturgis has more than 200 professional presentations to her credit. In 2006, she was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for Achievement in Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship. She also contributes regular “History of the Genre” features to and narrates contemporary science fiction stories for the UK-based podcast StarShipSofa. In 2010, it became the first podcast in history to win the prestigious Hugo Award. Her official website is http://www.amyhsturgis.com.


  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Liberty
  • The Dystopian Tradition and Its Relevance Today (Huxley, Orwell, etc.)
  • The Contemporary Political Relevance of Young Adult Fiction (The Hunger Games, etc.)
  • Native America and U.S. Policy
  • The Literature of Liberty
  • General topics in U.S. history

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