Laura B. McGrath is a literary critic who studies the data of contemporary literary culture. She has written on the publishing industry for 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 in American Literary History, Post45, CA: The Journal of Cultural Analytics, and the Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Fiction, 1980-2020. She is a former Kennedy Fellow with the Smithsonian Institute of American History, and her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, ACLS, and the Big Ten.
She is at work on a book called Middlemen: Making Literature in the Age of Multimedia Conglomerates, a study of the literary agent.
She lives in Philadelphia.