Sarah Bartlett Churchwell (born 1970) is an American-born academic who is the Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of East Anglia, UK. She is known for her expertise in twentieth and twenty-first century fiction. She regularly appears on British television and radio and has also judged several literary prizes, including the Women's (Orange) Prize for Fiction and the David Cohen Prize for Literature.
She grew up in Winnetka, near Chicago, Illinois and was awarded a BA in English Literature from Vassar College and an MA and PhD in English and American Literature from Princeton University.
Churchwell has lectured at the University of East Anglia since 1999. She has written for many publications including; The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book Review, The Spectator, The New Statesman, The Guardian and The Observer. Her works include a book about Marilyn Monroe entitled The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (2004) and a book about F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby entitled Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby (2013). Her television appearances include Newsnight, Question Time, The Review Show, and The Sharp End with Clive Anderson.
- The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Picador, 2005. ISBN 0312425651.
- What Americans Like. Henry Holt, 2010. ISBN 080508164X.
- Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby. Little, Brown Book Group Ltd., 2013. ISBN 1844087670.
- Sarah Churchwell Profile at University of East Anglia
- Sarah Churchwell at the Internet Movie Database
- Sarah Churchwell, columns at The Guardian