Lois Banner
Professor of history and gender studies, University of Southern California; author, 'Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox'

Lois Banner was a founder of the field of women’s history and cofounder of the Berkshire Conference in Women’s History, the major academic event in the field. She was the first woman president of the American Studies Association, and in 2006 she won the Bode-Pearson Prize of the American Studies Association for Lifetime Achievement. She is the author of 10 books, including her acclaimed American Beauty and MM-Personal, which reproduces and discusses items from Marilyn’s personal archive. In addition to her books on Monroe, Banner is a major collector of her artifacts. She is also a professor of history and gender studies at USC and lives in Southern California. Her new biography, Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox, will be published by Bloomsbury in August 2012.