Deirdre Bair has written five biographies and a cultural history of late-life divorce. Among many other honors, she has received Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Radcliffe (Bunting Institute) fellowships, the National Book Award, The New York Times Best Books of the Year, NAAP Gradiva Award, and has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Biography prize. Her current project is a bio/cultural history of Al Capone. She has been a tenured professor of Comparative Literature and a frequent visiting writer and professor at universities in the United States, Europe, and Australia.
She has been a literary journalist and tenured university professor with a specialty in comparative literature and culture, and has held fellowships and grants from (among others) the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, the Mary Ingram Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and the Ann and Erlo van Waveren Foundation.
She has been a visiting professor and writer in residence at (among others) The Ohio State University, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), and most recently, Bennington College.
She has participated in international scholarly congresses and writers' institutes in the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and writes and lectures on a wide variety of subjects ranging from literary biography to intellectual history, popular culture, and feminist studies.
Deirdre Bair divides her time between New York and New Haven, Connecticut.