USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Julia Lieblich is an award-winning journalist and author specializing in human rights. A former religion writer for the Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press, her news and feature stories and op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Time, Life, Ms., Fortune and other publications.

Lieblich’s first book, Sisters: Lives of Devotion and Defiance, about how obedient nuns evolved into radical sisters, stemmed from a cover story she wrote for The New York Times Magazine.

Her latest book, Wounded I Am More Awake: Finding Meaning After Terror, co-authored with Esad Boskailo, tells the story of a Bosnian concentration camp survivor who becomes a psychiatrist in the United States specializing in trauma.

Her upcoming book, Weaving Some Mystery: A Gringa Finds Home in a Maya Family, is a memoir about a restless journalist who finds new meaning in an enduring relationship with a Maya family of weavers in a Guatemalan village.

Lieblich earned a master’s degree in theological studies at Harvard Divnity School. Later, as a research fellow at Northwestern Law School’s Center for International Human Rights, she traveled to Afghanistan and Sierra Leone to write about survivors of war trauma.

In 2016, she was a Visiting Writer at the Center for Mesoamerican Studies in Antigua, Guatemala. Today, she is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry Library and an Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s Dart Center for journalists who cover trauma.

Julia Lieblich