Sara Marcus joined the department in 2012, after completing her undergraduate studies at Yale and Oberlin and receiving an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. Her scholarship focuses on 20th-century American cultural practices, with special attention to gender, sexuality, race, sound studies, and political feelings, especially political disappointment. Her first book, Girls to the Front, a critical and cultural history of the 1990s punk-feminist movement Riot Grrrl, was published by Harper Perennial in 2010 and was a finalist for the Marfield Prize in Arts Writing. Her essays and criticism have appeared in print and online publications including the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Bookforum, Artforum, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and in the books The Idea of the Avant-Garde (Manchester University Press, 2014), The Essential Ellen Willis (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), and No Regrets (n+1, 2014). She is a founding editor of New Herring Press and a fellow in Princeton's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM).