Faculty


M G Lord

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information
E-mail: marylord@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3252
Office: THH 355 H

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Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website
 

Biographical Sketch

In February 2012, Bloomsbury published M.G. Lord's The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted By Her Beauty to Notice. Lord is also the author of Astro Turf, a family memoir about aerospace culture during the Cold War and Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll. Since 1995, she has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and that paper’s Arts & Leisure section. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Discover, Travel + Leisure, Vogue, ARTNews, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Hollywood Reporter and The New Yorker. She has been interviewed on the Today Show, NBC Dateline, CBS This Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, and PRI’s Studio 360. Before becoming a freelance writer, Lord was for twelve years a syndicated political cartoonist based at Newsday. An honors graduate of Yale University, she has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation science-writing grant, as well as resident fellowships at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and other venues.

Education

  • B.A. Politics, the Graphic Arts, and Letters, Yale University, 1977

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

  • Lecturer, Master of Professional Writing Program, University of Southern California, 01/01/2006-  

Publications

Book
  • Lord, M. G. (2012). The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted By Her Beauty to Notice. Walker/Bloomsbury USA.
  • Lord, M. (2005). Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science. 2005: Walker.
  • Lord, M. (2004). Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll. Walker.
  • Lord, M. (1990). Prig Tales: Your Guide to Surviving the Self-Righteous Nineties. Avon.
  • Lord, M. (1982). Mean Sheets: Political Cartoons. New York: Little Brown.
Book Chapter
  • Lord, M. G. (2012). "Cold Warrior's Daughter" in Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century In Southern California (Western Histories). Blue Sky Metropolis University of Southern California Press.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

  • Opera Libretto, Librettist, ONE-TEN. Opera commissioned by Los Angeles Opera, co-written with Shannon Halwes; music by Laura Karpman. Workshop performance funded by the NEA, November 2009. About the 110 Freeway., 2009-2010   

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist, Los Angeles Press Club 1000+ Word Feature (For "How She Broke the Rules" in The Hollywood Reporter, April 2011) , 2012-2013   
  • First Place, Los Angeles Press Club Best Nonfiction Book on Entertainment (For "The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness And We Were Too Distracted By Her Beauty to Notice"), 2012-2013   
  • North American Travel Journalists Association, First Place Award for Domestic Magazine Writing, 2008-2009   
  • Sloan Research Fellowship Recipient, Alfred P. Sloan grant to write ASTRO TURF: THE PRIVATE LIFE OF ROCKET SCIENCE , 9/1/2004-9/1/2005  

Service to the Profession

Reviewer for Publication
  • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, The New York Times, "Unnatural Women," September 16, 2012. Full-page review of Florence Williams' "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.", Fall 2012   
  • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, The New York Times, "More Notes on Camp," October 5, 2012. Review of Lisa Cohen's "All We Know: Three Lives.", Fall 2012   
  • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, The New York Times, "Astral Bodies," August 6, 2010. Review of Mary Roach's Packing for Mars., Fall 2011   
  • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, The New York Times, "Forbidden Pluto," January 2, 2011. (I reviewed Mike Brown's book How I Killed Pluto.), Spring 2011   


  • Master of Professional Writing Program
  • University of Southern California
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Mark Taper Hall of Humanities, THH 355
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0355