Jennifer Senior is the author of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, which spent eight weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list. In October of 2015, she joined The New York Times as one of its three daily book critics, succeeding Janet Maslin. Before that, she spent many years as a staff writer for New York Magazine, writing profiles and cover stories about politics, social science, and mental health. She won the Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York in 1999 and 2014; the GLAAD award in 2002; and the Erikson Prize in Mental Health Media in 2011. Her work has been anthologized four times in THE BEST AMERICAN POLITICAL WRITING, and her 2006 profile of Barack Obama, “Dreaming of Obama,” is the closing essay in NEW YORK STORIES: Landmark Writing From Four Decades Of New York Magazine.
Senior has been a frequent guest on NPR and numerous television programs, including Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthews Show, Hardball, Morning Joe, Washington Journal with Brian Lamb, CNN American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, and Today. She also spent a year as a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. She graduated summa cum laude in anthropology from Princeton University in 1991.
All Joy and No Fun is Senior's first book. It has been translated into twelve languages and was named one of Slate's Top 10 Books of 2014. In March of 2014, Senior spoke at both TED's annual conference and at the Sydney Opera House. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her husband and son.