Cynthia Wachtell is a research associate professor of American Studies and the founding director of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University in New York City.
She jointly earned her BA & MA, summa cum laude, from Yale University in American Studies and then earned an AM in English and a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.
She is the editor of The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I, for which she wrote an extended introduction and the first biography of Ellen N. La Motte. She is also author of the path-breaking study War No More: The Antiwar Impulse In American Literature, 1861-1914. And she has written for the New York Times, Huffington Post and numerous other publications.
Her academic field of expertise is American literature from the nineteenth century to the present. In addition to teaching at Yeshiva University, she has taught at Harvard University, The New School for Social Research, and Fordham University.