Barry Sanders was professor of History of Ideas and English at Pitzer College in Claremont, California and an author. Sanders retired from Pitzer College in 2005 but remains active as an author.
Sanders is the author of five books:
A is for Ox: Violence, Electronic Media, and the Silencing of the Written Word
Sudden Glory: Laughter as Subversive History
The Private Death of Public Discourse
Unsuspecting Souls: The Disappearance of The Human Being
The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of US Militarism
In 1998 Sanders was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by Harper's Magazine for his co-authorship with Francis D. Adams of the book Alienable Rights: The Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man's Land, 1619–2000. The Detroit Free Press named it a "Notable Book of the Year".
In 1994 Sanders received his first Pulitzer nomination from Random House for his book A is For Ox: Violence, Electronic Media, and the Silencing of the Written Word. He has co-authored books with Ivan Illich (ABC, The Alphabetization of the Popular Mind) and Paul Shepard (The Sacred Paw: The Bear in Nature, Myth, and Literature).
In 2005 Sanders won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to investigate the idea of the Commons in Greece.