Laura B. McGrath is a literary critic who studies the data of contemporary literary culture. She has written on books and the publishing industry for The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, and Post 45: Contemporaries.
She is an Assistant Professor of English at Temple University. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, she was the Associate Director of the Literary Lab at Stanford University. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University. Her academic writing has been published or is forthcoming in New Literary History, American Literary History, Post45, CA: The Journal of Cultural Analytics, and the Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Fiction, 1980-2020, and she is the founding co-editor of the Post45 Data Collective. A former Kennedy Fellow with the Smithsonian Institute of American History, her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, ACLS, and the Big Ten.
Currently, she is at work on a book called Middlemen: Literary Agents and American Literature.
She consults with publishers and literary organizations on a private, individual basis.
She lives in Philadelphia.