Maya Jasanoff is a professor at Harvard, where she holds named chairs in history and in the arts and sciences. She is the author of three works of global history—most recently The Dawn Watch (2017), about the life and times of Joseph Conrad—which have won honours including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Duff Cooper Prize, and the Cundill Prize, and been shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford and the James Tait Black Prizes. A 2013 Guggenheim fellow, in 2017 she was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction literature. She is the chair of the judges of the 2021 Booker Prize.
Books by Maya Jasanoff
Interviews with Maya Jasanoff
This year the Booker Prize finalists include new work from previous shortlistees Richard Powers and Damon Galgut, a sweeping historical novel by Maggie Shipstead, and a fragmentary account of a life lived ‘extremely online.’ Maya Jasanoff, Harvard historian and chair of the 2021 judging panel, talks us through the best fiction of the past year.