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 a writer of light biographies who regularly appears on British television and radio.
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 Literarure 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 publications include a book about Marilyn Monroe entitled The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (2004). Her television appearances include Newsnight, Question Time, The Review Show, and The Sharp End with Clive Anderson. She has written a book, Careless People, about F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby published in May 2013.
- 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.