Mark Greif

Mark Greif (born 1975[1]) is an author, educator and cultural critic. His most recent book is Against Everything.[2] One of the co-founders of n+1, he is a frequent contributor to the magazine and writes for numerous other publications. Greif currently teaches English at Stanford University.

Background and education

Greif received a BA in History and Literature from Harvard in 1997, after which he received a Marshall Scholarship, which he used to study British Literature and 19th and 20th century American Literature at Oxford through 1999. He holds a PhD in American studies from Yale.


Greif is associate professor of English at Stanford University.[3]


In the fall of 2004, along with fellow writers and editors Keith Gessen, Chad Harbach, Benjamin Kunkel, and Marco Roth, Greif launched the literary journal n + 1.[4] Greif has served as both an editor and writer for the journal, contributing essays on a wide variety of topics: politics, sociology, Radiohead.[5] In 2010, he described the journal's mission: “We are creating a long print archive in an era of the short sound bite.”[6]


Greif's criticism is marked by a willingness to address pop culture, conservative books, and leftist academic critical theory, and to link these to literature and larger questions of culture.[7]


  2. Merkin, Daphne (August 28, 2016). "Antidotes to Punditry". New York Times Book Review. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  4. Susan Hodara, "Intellectual Entrepreneurs: A highbrow journal rises in an era of sound bites," Harvard Magazine, January–February, 2010.
  5. n + 1 Archive Mark Greif
  6. Susan Hodara, Harvard Magazine, January–February, 2010.
  7. Deresiewicz, William. "What a Piece of Work: Mark Greif's Intellectual Excavations". Harper's. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

Works by Greif


Articles in n+1



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