Eileen Pollack

Eileen Pollack was one of the first two women to graduate with a BS in physics from Yale; she later earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. Her article “Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?” appeared in the Sunday, October 3, 2013, issue of The New York Times Magazine; the essay is an excerpt from her nonfiction book The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club, which will be published in September 2015 by Beacon Press. Eileen's novel A Perfect Life, which is about a geneticist searching for a marker for the fatal neurological disease that killed her mother and that she has a 50-50 chance of inheriting herself, is forthcoming in June 2016 from Ecco Press. In addition, Eileen is the author of two novels, two collections of short fiction, a work of book-length nonfiction, and numerous essays and stories, many of which feature scientists as protagonists. She is a full professor in the Department of English at the University of Michigan and divides her time between Manhattan and Ann Arbor.