Liza Mundy

Senior Fellow, Better Life Lab

Liza Mundy is a senior fellow at New America, and the former director of the organization’s Breadwinning and Caregiving program. She is currently working on a book about female code breakers during World War II.

Liza is a journalist and book author who writes widely for publications including the Atlantic, Politico, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and the Guardian. She is a former staff writer for the Washington Post, where her work won a number of awards. Her 2012 book, The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners is Transforming Sex, Love and Family (Simon and Schuster), was named one of the top non-fiction books of 2012 by the Washington Post, and a noteworthy book by the New York Times Book Review. Her 2008 book, Michelle (Simon and Schuster), a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama, was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into 16 languages. Her 2007 book, Everything Conceivable (Knopf), received the 2008 Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers as the best book on a science topic written for a general audience. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, Fox News, Democracy Now, Bloggingheads TV, the Leonard Lopate Show, National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, the Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, On Point, and numerous other television and radio shows.

Liza has an AB from Princeton University and an MA in English literature from the University of Virginia. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children. At various points she has worked full-time, part-time, all-night, at home, in the office, remotely, in person, on trains, in the car, alone, with other people, in dangerous places, under duress, and while simultaneously making dinner.

All Work

'Any Man-Made Code Can Be Broken by a Woman'

The groundbreaking female naval cryptographer who helped change the course of World War II.


BETTER LIFE LAB and FELLOWS
Code Girls

Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Is 2016 a Watershed Moment for Women?

Liza Mundy wrote for Politico about whether 2016 is a watershed election for American women.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Michelle's Legacy

Liza Mundy was interviewed in US News & World Report about Michelle Obama's legacy.


BETTER LIFE LAB and NEW AMERICA NYC
Gross National Happiness

The American Dream is in big trouble, and the Nordic countries are our best chance at getting it back.


BETTER LIFE LAB
The Power of Parity in the U.S.

A McKinsey Global Institute report says advancing women’s equality could add to global GDP by 2025.


NEW AMERICA NYC
Where to Invade Next

Where To Invade Next comedically pursues the serious mission of challenging the conventions and inequities of U.S. social policy.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Love's Promises

Love's Promises explores the formal and informal contracts that make-up families in the 21st Century.


BETTER LIFE LAB and NEW AMERICA NYC
Unvarnished

Sarah Maslin Nir discusses documenting conditions in New York City nail salons and the challenges of contemporary labor reporting.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Playing the Granny Card

Think about how this might apply to Hillary Clinton, long seen as competent but not warm—hence her famous “likability” deficit. Of course, t


ASSET BUILDING, BETTER LIFE LAB and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Strengthening Ties

The first report from New America's Family-Centered Social Policy Initiative examines how policies are working against families.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Nora Pouillon’s Memoir Reminds Us How Rotten DC Food Used to Be

Pouillon’s spare, clearly written memoir is built around two complementary narratives. One involves the culinary journey of a country where