Curriculum Vitae

Mary Doria Russell


B.A. 1972, University of Illinois, Urbana
Major: Cultural Anthropology
Minor: Spanish, Mesoamerican Studies

M.A. 1976, Northeastern University, Boston
Major: Social Anthropology
Minor: Biological Anthropology

Ph.D. 1983, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Major: Biological Anthropology
Minor: Skeletal Biology, Paleoanthropology

MOST RECENT ACADEMIC POSITION (prior positions on request)

1984 to 1986 Senior Clinical Instructor in Human Gross Anatomy (Dissection Laboratory Director) Department of Oral Biology, School of Dentistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.


1983-1986 N.S.F. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Oral Biology, School of Dentistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

1984-1985 Research grantee, Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry: “An in-vivo study of relationships between masticatory musculature and bite force potential in Cercopithecus aethiops”

1984-1985 Research Fellow, International Research and Exchanges Board, New York and Zagreb: “A Reconsideration of the Evidence for Cannibalism at the Neandertal Site of Krapina, Yugoslavia”

1982 National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant: “The Functional and Adaptive Significance of the Supraorbital Torus”


1987 “Mortuary Practices at the Krapina Neandertal Site.” M.D.
Russell. Am. J. Phys. Anthrop., 72:381-397.

1987 “Bone Breakage in the Krapina Hominid Collection.” M.D.
Russell. Am. J. Phys. Anthrop., 72:373-379.

1986 “Cutmarks on the Engis 2 Calvaria?” M. Russell and F. LeMort,
Am. J. Phys. Anthrop., 69:317-323.

1985 “The Supraorbital Torus: ‘a most remarkable peculiarity,'”
M. Russell, Curr. Anthrop., 26:337-360


Native: English
Advanced: Spanish (written and spoken)
Basic: Croatian (written and spoken)
Advanced reading knowledge: French
Also studied: Russian, Latin, Hebrew, Italian
Smattering: German


The Women of the Copper Country, Simon and Schuster, New York 2019

Epitaph, HarperCollins/Ecco, New York, 2015

Doc, Random House/Ballantine, New York 2011/2012

Dreamers of the Day Random House/Ballantine, New York 2008/2009

Foreword: A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Eos, 2006

Afterword: This Has Happened, by Piera Sonnino, Palgrave, 2006

A Thread of Grace, Villard/Ballatine, New York 2005/2006

Children of God, Villard, New York, 1998; Ivy-Fawcett-Ballantine, New York, 1999; Black Swan, 1999, United Kingdom

The Sparrow, Villard, New York, 1996; Ivy-Fawcett-Ballantine, New York, 1997; Black Swan, 1997, United Kingdom


The Sparrow: French (Albin-Michel), Spanish (Emece), German (Heyne), Polish (Zysk i Ska), Korean (Goldenbough); Japanese (Tokyo Sogensha); Dutch (Luitingh Sijthoff); Hebrew (Opus Press); Greek (Boukoumanis); Hungarian (N&K Kiado); Turkish (Metis Yayinlari); Lithuanian (Metodika); Romanian (Editura Trei)

Children of God: Polish (Zysk i Ska); French (Editions J’ai Lu); Dutch (Luitingh Sijthoff); Turkish (Metis Yayinlari).

A Thread of Grace: Hebrew.

Dreamers of the Day: Hebrew; French under the name L’aube des reveurs (Editions First), Turkish (Nail Kitabevi)


2015 Winner, Ohioana Fiction Award: Epitaph
2015, Winner, Ohioana Readers’ Choice Award: Epitaph
2015, Winner, True West Best Historical Western: Epitaph
2015 Winner, True West, Best Historical Western Author: Mary Doria Russell
2012 Winner, Kansas State Library, Notable Novel: Doc
2011 Winner, Great Lakes Great Reads: Doc
2011 Winner, American Library Association, Top Pick in Historical Fiction: Doc
2011, Finalist, Ohioana Award
2011 Nominated, Pulitzer Prize: Doc
2008 Nominated, IMPAC Prize: Dreamers of the Day
2005 Nominated, Pulitzer Prize: A Thread of Grace
2001 Winner, Kurd Lasswitz Preis, Best Foreign Novel Published in German: Sperling (The Sparrow)
2001 Winners, Spectrum Classics Hall of Fame: The Sparrow, Children of God
2000 Finalist, British SF Association, Best Novel: Children of God
1999 Winner, Friends of the Library USA Reader’s Choice Award: Children of God
1999 Finalist, Hugo Award: Children of God
1998 Winner, Arthur C. Clarke Prize, Best Novel: The Sparrow
1998 Winner, British Science Fiction Association, Best Novel: The Sparrow
1998 Winner, Cleveland Council for the Arts, Literature Prize: The Sparrow, Children of God
1998 Winner, John W. Campbell Award, Best New Science Fiction: Mary Doria Russell
1997 Winner, James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award: The Sparrow
1997 Nominee, Dublin International Literary Prize: The Sparrow
1996 Finalist, Book-of-the-Month Club First Fiction Award: The Sparrow

FEATURED SPEAKER, LITERARY EVENTS (does not include book tour readings)


Winter Symposium on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton NJ


Cleveland Heights Library, Cleveland Heights OH
Mt. Vernon and Knox County Library, Mt. Vernon OH
Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
Rodman Library, Alliance OH


AAP/LibraryReads, Chicago IL
Search for Meaning Book Fest, Seattle University, Seattle WA
Bookmania! Jensen Beach FL
Tucson Book Festival, Tucson AZ
San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio TX
Prescott Public Library, Prescott AZ
Booktopia, Manchester, VT
Siegel Lifelong Learning Lecture Series, Cleveland OH
Cedar/Coventry Author Series, Cleveland Heights OH
Brews + Prose Author Series, Cleveland OH
Books for Brunch series, Cincinnati OH
Steamboat Springs Literary Sojourn, Steamboat Springs CO
2015 Earp Vendetta Ride, Tombstone AZ
Tombstone Territory Rendezvous, Tombstone AZ


Olney Friends School, Barnesville OH
Women Writers Retreat, Willoughby, OH
Writers Series, Newberry College, Newberry SC
Leitson Memorial Lecture, Park Synagogue East, Pepper Pike OH
University of Maine, Orono, ME
Aurora Memorial Library, Aurora OH
Astra Arts Festival, Independence, KS
Chautauqua in Chagrin, Chagrin Falls, OH
Western Reserve Writers Conference, Lakeland College, Lakeland OH
Heartland Independent Booksellers Association, Minneapolis MN
Mountain and Plains Independent Booksellers Association, Denver CO
PEO International Scholarships for Women, Cleveland Heights OH
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago IL


Cleveland Center for the Blind, Cleveland (OH)
Market Garden Book Series, Cleveland (OH)
Gates Mills Library, Gates Mills (OH)
Howard County Library, Ellicott City (MD)
Tucson Book Festival, Tuscon (AZ)
Geauga West Library, Chesterland (OH)
Cleveland State University Library, Cleveland (OH)
Menorah Park Author SeriesBeachwood (OH)
Amarillo Reads (TX)
Avalon Library (NJ)
NASA 100 Year Spaceship Symposium (TX)
Seward Library (NE)
Crete Library (NE)
Nebraska City Library (NE)
Booktopia, Petoskey (MI)
Keynote, Grand Opening, Glenwood Springs Library, Glenwood Springs (OH)
Greeley Library (CO)


21st Century Club, Shaker Heights (OH)
Lakewood Library, Lakewood (OH)
Rowfant Club, Cleveland (OH)
Tucson Book Festival, Tucson (AZ)
Kick-off, Ohio Book and Author Festival, Hudson (OH)
Guest of Honor, One Book, One Valley: Doc, Vail (CO)
LearnInn, Mandel Jewish Community Center (OH)
One Book, One Community: Doc, Merion (PA)
Kansas State Book Festival, Topeka (KS)
Mercy High School, San Francisco (CA)
One Book, One Community: Doc, Estes Park (CO)
Loussac Library, Anchorage (AK)
Juneau Library, Juneau (AK)
Ketchikan Library, Ketchikan (AK)
Ohio Horsemans Council, Bentleyville (OH)
Ohio City Writers, Cleveland (OH)


Speaker, Cleveland Heights Library Grand Reopening, South Euclid (OH)
Glen Ellyn Book Festival, Glen Ellyn (IL)
Loyola University Alums, Washington DC
Hudson Library and Historical Society, Hudson (OH)
Coventry Library, Cleveland Heights (OH)
Bay Village Library, Bay Village (OH)
Bedford Library, Bedford (OH)
Writing Workshop and Speaker, Northwest Voices, Longwood (WA)
Huntingford Lecture, Chimacum (WA)
Writing Workshop, Appalachian State University, Boone (NC)
Temple Ner Tamid, Mayfield Heights (OH)


Northern Michigan University, Marquette (MI)
One Community/One Book: Dreamers of the Day, Traverse City (MI)
Suburban Temple, Kol Ami (OH)
Mercantile Library, Cincinnati (OH)
Rutgers University (OH)
Cleveland State University (OH)
Dayton Big Read: Dreamers of the Day (OH)
Lakewood Library (OH)


Virginia Festival of the Book (VA)
Case Western Reserve University, Dept. of Physics (OH)
Chagrin Falls Library (OH)
Coshocton Library: A Thread of Grace (OH)
Pioneer Valley Science Fiction Convention (CT)


American Library Association Winter Meetings (PA)
Rochester Hills Library (MI)
Granville Library (OH)
Thurber House (OH)
Commonwealth Club (CA)
Ohioana State Library (OH)
Chicago Tribune/Printers Row Book Festival (IL)
Westlake Library (OH)
Shaker Heights Library (OH)
Beachwood Library (OH)
Bay Village Library (OH)
Pennsylvania Library Association Meetings (PA)


University of Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada)
University of Kassell (Germany)
Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tuscon Literary Societies (AZ)
Virginia Military Institute (VA)
Indian River Literary Society (FL)
Des Moines Public Library AViD event (IA)
Knox College Common Book (IL)


Michigan State University (MI)
Lansing and Okemus Libraries (MI)
Greencastle Library (IN)
Calvin College Writing and Faith (MI)
Geauga County Library (OH)
West Palm Beach Literary Society (FL)
Long Beach Women’s Book Festival (CA)
Mahoning County Library (OH)
Erie One Book – One Community Event (PA)


Atlanta JCC Book Fair (GA)
Austin JCC Book Fair (TX)
John Carroll University (OH)
Moravian College (PA)
London Library (OH)
National Council for Undergraduate Research (VA)
Margaret Mitchell Museum (GA)
Jewish Center of the Hamptons (NY)


Otterbein College (OH)
Wooster College (OH)
Wooster Friends of the Libary (OH)
St. Joseph University (PA)
Times Leader Community Book Program (PA)
Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (NY)
Idaho Council of Teachers of English (ID)
Caldwell College (NC)
Immaculata H.S. (OH)
Write On! Writer’s Group (OH)
Youngstown State University (OH)
Amici Italiani, Lake College (OH)


Templeton Foundation Conference (London, UK)
Kurd Lasswitz Preis award (Leipzig, Germany)
SF convention (Sydney, Australia)
Wellington Book Festival (Wellington, NZ)
Science Fiction Research Association Conference (OH)
Woman2000: Forging a Future (OH)


Catholic Diocese of Cleveland (OH)
Friends of the Library, Lancaster (SC)
University of South Carolina (SC)
Slipstream Conference (GA)
Lisle Library Association (IL)
Indiana Library Council Conference (IN)
Guest of Honor, WisCon SF Convention (WI)
National Jesuit Brothers Conference (NE)
Laurel School, Commencement Speaker (OH)
Association of Editors of Jesuit Publications (OH)
Trinity Cathedral (OH)
Common book, University of Dayton (OH)
Medina Library (OH)
University of North Carolina (NC)
Oberlin Library (OH)


Ohio Library Council Annual Conference (OH)
Ohio State University (OH)
University of S. Carolina Friends of the Library (SC)
Cleveland Public Library (OH)
Bookstacks Women Writers Seminar (OH)
Poet’s League Showcase (OH)
WisCon Science Fiction Convention (WI)
Kent State University Friends of the Library (OH)
Friends of the Parma Library (OH)
Florida Southern College Writers Program (FL)
Michigan State University Friends of the Library (MI)
Plain Dealer Book and Author Luncheon (OH)
United American Hebrew Union Lecturer (OH)
Hiram College Writers Program (OH)
Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center (OH)
Cleveland College of Jewish Studies (OH)
Catholic Charities Hispanic Center (OH)


Cleveland State University Friends of the Library (OH)
Seattle Bookfest (WA)
WorldCon Science Fiction Convention (TX)
South Euclid/Lyndhurst Friends of the Library (OH)
WisCon Science Fiction Convention (WI)
University of S. Carolina Friends of the Library (SC)
International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (FL)
New Voices for a New Year, Misty Valley Books (VT)
Broward County Library Book Festival (FL)
Write On! Writer’s Group (OH)