author Amanda Montell

Hey, I'm Amanda

Amanda Montell is a writer, language scholar, and podcast host from Baltimore. She is the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction books: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism (HarperCollins, 2021) and Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language (HarperCollins, 2019). Amanda's books have earned praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Kirkus Reviews, and more, and Amanda is currently developing Wordslut for television with FX Studios. Cultish is an indie bestseller, was named one of the best books of 2021 by NPR and other outlets, and was a Goodreads Choice Awards top 5 finalist. Amanda is also the creator and co-host of the podcast Sounds Like A Cult, which premiered in 2021 and peaked at #20 on Spotify's Top Podcasts in the USA.

As a reporter and essayist, Amanda's writing has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, The Rumpus, and Who What Wear, where she formerly served as the Features & Beauty Editor. She holds a degree in linguistics from NYU and lives in Los Angeles with her partner, plants, and pets. Find her on Instagram @amanda_montell.

Check Out My Work

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language is a brash, enlightening, and wildly entertaining feminist look at gendered language and the way it shapes us.

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Published May 2019 by HarperCollins


Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism analyzes the social science of cult influence: how groups from Jonestown and Scientology to SoulCycle and social media gurus use language as the ultimate form of power.

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Published June 2021 by HarperCollins

More Writing

What It's Like to Die Online

Chronically ill women are turning to YouTube to share their lives—and deaths. Read more.

Published on MarieClaire.com

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