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Margaret Morganroth Gullette, PhD is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She is an internationally known age critic, cultural critic, and prize-winning writer of nonfiction, an essayist, feminist, and activist. Her pioneering work is in age studies, a field she named in 1993. Her latest book, ‘Ending Ageism, or How Not to Shoot Old People’ (2017), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won both the American Psychological Association’s Florence L. Denmark Award for its contributions to women and aging and the Modern Language Association Prize for Independent Scholars. Her other award-winning books include: ‘Agewise’ (2011), described as “important social criticism by a prominent scholar” by Publishers Weekly, which won the Eric Hoffer Book Award; ‘Aged by Culture’ (2004), which was chosen as a Noteworthy Book of the Year by the Christian Science Monitor and was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and ‘Declining to Decline: Cultural Combat and the Politics of the Midlife’ (1997), which won the Emily Toth Award for the best feminist book on American popular culture. Her first book in age studies was ‘Safe at Last in the Middle Years: The Invention of the Midlife Progress Novel’ (1988). Margaret completed her BA at Radcliffe College, her MA at the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD at Harvard University. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe. Her current work is called ‘American Eldercide.’ She writes often for the popular press.