Dr. Karen Stollznow is a linguist, researcher, and author of the best-seller God Bless America. Her latest book is On the Offensive: Prejudice in Language Past and Present (Cambridge University Press), which is also available on Amazon, Bookshop.org, and through local booksellers.
Karen is an academic affiliated with several international universities. She was a former researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where she worked on the SEI project involving endangered writing systems for the Department of Linguistics and Unicode. She has worked as a Consultant Linguist for several major companies, including Leap Frog. She is currently a researcher with the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research.
She is a Host of Monster Talk (with Blake Smith), an award-winning science-based podcast that looks at the legends and facts behind Bigfoot, sea monsters, werewolves, vampires, zombies, ghosts, goblins, and other strange creatures.
Karen has authored many academic papers and books about a range of areas in language and linguistics, including semantics and pragmatics, cross-cultural communication, and sociolinguistics, with special interests in the topics of discrimination and prejudice, women’s studies, and Australian and American culture.
She also writes about a diverse array of popular topics, including language and culture, history, science, and religion. She contributes to The Conversation and Psychology Today, while she has written previously for Scientific American Mind, Australasian Science, Fortean Times, and many other publications. As an expert, she has appeared on national and international podcasts, radio and TV shows, including A Current Affair, Today Tonight, Alicia Menendez Tonight, and the History Channel’s Miracles Decoded.
Karen has also written several historical-based short stories, including Unforeseen Circumstances, Don’t Leave Me, I Am Me, Welcome Home, The Dark Road, Room For One More (Lord Dufferin’s Tale), The Legend of the Screaming Skull, Leap of Faith, and The Way We Weren’t.
Karen was born in Sydney and has a PhD in linguistics from the University of New England, Australia. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and their five-year-old son.