Sara Marcus is a scholar and writer whose forthcoming book, Political Disappointment: A Cultural History from Reconstruction to the AIDS Crisis, will be published in May 2023 by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Marcus is also the author of Girls to the Front (Harper Perennial, 2010), a critical and cultural history of the punk-feminist movement Riot Grrrl.

Marcus’s essays and criticism on music, sound, literature, and art have appeared in ArtforumBookforum, Dissent, the LA Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, Public Books, and Texte zur Kunst, among other places. Currently at work on a new project about hearing and listening practices as technologies of self-making, Marcus is assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she is also affiliated with the Program in Gender Studies and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.