Jeff Sharlet (writer)

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Jeff Sharlet
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NationalityUnited States
Alma materHampshire College
EmployerDartmouth College
Known forbooks, magazine articles
TitleFrederick Sessions Beebe '35 Professor in the Art of Writing

Jeff Sharlet (born 1972) is an American journalist and author. He is a contributing editor for Harper's, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Rolling Stone. His work has also appeared in Vanity Fair (magazine), The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Esquire, Lapham's Quarterly, Oxford American, Bookforum, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, New York, Advocate, Guernica The Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia Journalism Review, New Statesman, The Nation, The New Republic, Forward, and The Baffler. He has taught at New York University and is the Frederick Sessions Beebe '35 Professor in the Art of Writing at Dartmouth College. He is the recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting, the MOLLY National Journalism Prize, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's Outspoken Award, and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Thomas Jefferson Award.

Sharlet is the co-creator of two online journals:

He is the former editor-in-chief of Pakn Treger, a journal published by the National Yiddish Book Center.

Sharlet's interest in religion developed during childhood. Sharlet's mother was from a Pentecostal Christian background. His father is of secular Jewish background.[1][2][3] Raised in an eclectic religious environment, attending various people's churches and temples, he has said that he gravitates to stories about people's beliefs as the most natural way to engage the world.[4]

Published books[edit]

  • In 2020 W.W. Norton published This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers. ISBN 978-1324003205
  • In 2014 Yale University Press published Radiant Truths: Essential Dispatches, Reports, Confessions, and Other Essays on American Belief, edited by Jeff Sharlet. ISBN 0-3001-6921-3
  • In 2011 W.W. Norton published Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between. The book investigates the margins of personal belief in America. ISBN 0-393-07963-5
  • In 2010, Little Brown published C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. ISBN 978-0-316-09107-7
  • In 2008 HarperCollins published The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. The book investigates the political power of The Family, a secretive association of Christian evangelicals. ISBN 0060559799
  • In 2009 Beacon Press published Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith, co-edited by Sharlet and Peter Manseau. ISBN 0-8070-7739-9
  • In 2004 Free Press published Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible, coauthored by Sharlet and Peter Manseau. ISBN 0-7432-3276-3

Other media[edit]

Sharlet was an executive producer of the five-part Netflix series The Family (2019), based on his books The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. He appears in interview segments throughout the series.


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