Leonard Cassuto

Speaker Profile

Leonard Cassuto is the author or editor of ten books, including The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education (with Robert Weisbuch, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021), and The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It (Harvard University Press, 2015), both of which were inspired by the column “The Graduate Adviser,” which he writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education. His latest book, Academic Writing as if Readers Matter, will be published by Princeton University Press in September 2024.

Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University and an award-winning journalist. He has written on topics ranging from science to sports for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and more. Cassuto’s other books include The Cambridge History of the American Novel (General Editor, Cambridge University Press, 2011), and The Cambridge Companion to Baseball (Cambridge University Press, 2011), winner of the Best Anthology Award from the North American Society of Sports Historians. His Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories (Columbia University Press, 2008) was nominated for the Edgar and Macavity Awards and named one of the Ten Best Books of 2008 in the crime and mystery category by The Los Angeles Times

Cassuto offers lectures and workshops on academic writing, higher education topics (including graduate education and the liberal arts), and American literature and culture (including the cultural history of toughness, and crime stories, and baseball). He tweets at LCassuto, and his website can be found here.