Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies.
Sturgis is author of four books as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream book chapters, articles, and presentations on historical and speculative fiction topics. She also edits books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for Achievement in Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship. In 2015, the Los Angeles Press Club named her Reason article "Not Your Parents' Dystopias: Millennial Fondness for Worlds Gone Wrong" the Best Magazine Criticism/Commentary of the year.
She contributes regular "History of the Genre" features to and narrates contemporary science fiction stories for the U.K.-based podcast StarShipSofa. In 2010, StarShipSofa became the first podcast ever to win a Hugo Award.
Sturgis teaches Liberal Studies at the university level. She frequently speaks at colleges and genre conventions across North America.