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Ted Anton

  • Professor
  • MA, MFA, University of Iowa
  • English
  • Faculty
  • Literary nonfiction; magazine and science writing
  • 773-325-1767
  • Arts and Letters Hall 312-23
Ted Anton is the author of three books and editor of a fourth. His book, The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business and the Fountain of Youth (University of Chicago Press, 2013) follows the science and business race for a drug to extend human health. His previous book, Bold Science: Seven Scientists Who Are Changing Our World (Henry Holt: 2000, W.H. Freeman, paperback: 2001) told the story of scientific creativity and entrepreneurism. It was an Science Book pick, a Summer Alternate Selection from the Library of Science and a featured choice on The San Francisco Chronicle described it as being on the pioneering edge of science writing, spreading the notion that is a viable field of literary work.

His previous book, Eros, Magic and the Murder of Professor Culianu (Northwestern University Press: 1996), described the unsolved murder of a University of Chicago scholar.  Winner of the Carl Sandburg Award and finalist for a Book Award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, it was reviewed in media ranging from The New York Review of Books to the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times and TribuneWashington Post, NPR and NBC.  It appears in German, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and other editions.   The New York Times called it an engrossing story of a twentieth century original, and Publishers Weekly (starred review) an intellectual thriller.

He co-edited The New S​cience Journalists (Ballantine: 1995), which became a text in graduate and undergraduate journalism and science writing programs. 

His magazine work for publications like Lingua Franca, The Sciences, Chicago, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly and others has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and cited in three editions of Best American Essays.   His essay "Riff" appears in the book One Word: Contemporary Writer on the Words They Love or Loathe (Sarabande, 2010), which Publishers Weekly (starred review) describes as explaining what words do, how they exist as themselves but also as the carriers of meanings which shift and branch into many paths.  A National Science Foundation grants reviewer, MacArthur Fellowship Reviewer, and former Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, Anton has given presentations at venues from the New York Public Library, Newberry Library, the Harvard Club, University of Chicago, the American Cultural Center in Bucharest, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and for government, industry, university, and high school groups.

He is a professor in the English department at DePaul University in Chicago, and chair of the Age Studies Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association.