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Author photo of Karen Stollznow.

Karen Stollznow is a linguist, researcher, podcaster, and the author of several books, including On the Offensive: Prejudice in Language Past and Present (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Language, Myths, Mysteries and Magic (Macmillan, 2014), and the bestselling God Bless America (Pitchstone, 2013). The award-winning science podcast that she co-hosts, Monster Talk, has had over 7 million downloads at a rate of about 40k downloads per episode. She also writes regularly for magazines and blogs, including Scientific American Mind and Psychology Today.

Karen has a PhD in linguistics from the University of New England and is a former researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently works at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, a research unit at Griffith University that brings together multidisciplinary researchers committed to deepening our understanding of issues confronting contemporary society, such as the rise of citizens' and social media; citizenship and democracy; and diversity and social change. Nowadays she writes about language, culture, and history. Her website is

For more information on Karen Stollznow's book Missed Conceptions: How We Make Sense of Infertility, see here.

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