Anna Krauthamer is the executive coordinator of The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2015 cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature. Her senior thesis, which earned honors with distinction, was titled True Fiction: Three Writers' Approaches to Fact and/or Fiction, and it examined works by William Maxwell, Joan Didion, and James Baldwin. The thesis explored how each writer challenged the broad genres of fiction and nonfiction.
At Wellesley, Anna Krauthamer won the Three Generations Award for Writing in 2012 for a set of critical essays about poetry that performs as elegy but might actually circumvent the mourning process. She also won the Mary Ann Youngren Memorial Award in Criticism both in 2012 and in 2015. Both awards were given for critical essays (one on Melville; the other on Whitman) on the limitations of literature as a medium through which to enact compassion. For a travel essay about Italy called "Going Back," Anna Krauthamer was the inaugural recipient of the Calderwood Public Writing Prize in 2015. Also in 2015, Anna won Wellesley's highest writing honor, the Charlotte Paul Reese '38 Memorial Prize for Creativity in Writing, for a longform nonfiction essay titled "Second Nature" that questioned societal myths about twins.
Her academic areas of interest include 20th century American fiction and nonfiction; memoir and literature about remembrance; and poetic theory. She is currently working on several pieces, including some that focus on Anne Carson, William Maxwell, Emily Brontë, and Gilles Deleuze, as well as a piece about Hilary Clinton's presidential loss and Wellesley.