Virginia Postrel

August 9, 2013

Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, all with an eye toward understanding the personal and social meaning of life in a dynamic, commercial culture.

Writing in Vanity Fair, Sam Tanenhaus (now the editor of The New York Times Book Review) described her as “a master D.J. who sequences the latest riffs from the hard sciences, the social sciences, business, and technology, to name only a few sources.”

Postrel is the author of The Substance of Style and The Future and Its Enemies. She is writing a book on glamour, to be published in early 2013 by The Free Press, and is a biweekly columnist for Bloomberg View.

She teaches a seminar on “Glamour: Theory and Practice” in the Branding MPS program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

From July 1989 to January 2000, Postrel was the editor of Reason magazine and vice president of the Reason Foundation.

She has been a columnist for The Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticThe New York Times, and Forbes and its companion technology magazine Forbes ASAP. Her work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004.

Her personal website is at and she edits a group blog at