Sarah Mesle (PhD, Northwestern) is a professor, writer, and editor based in Los Angeles, California. She is faculty at USC, Senior Editor at Large the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the editor of LARB channel Avidly and the NYU short book series Avidly Reads. Prior to arriving at USC, she held post-doctoral fellowships in English at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Los Angeles.
She is a nineteenth-century Americanist by training and is interested, generally speaking, in the long history of the American novel and in the many ways popular culture can excite, estrange, and surprise. Her writing about literature, gender, television and more has appeared in venues such as Studies in American Fiction, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Talking Points Memo, and InStyle Magazine. She grew up in rural Iowa.
She is represented by Tanya McKinnon at McKinnon Literary.