AB Harvard College (1989)
Evan Mandery is the author of eight books, including four novels, as well as the co-creator and executive producer of the TV series Artificial, for which he won Peabody and Emmy awards in 2019. A leading expert on the death penalty, Evan’s book A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America was a New York Times Editors’ Pick, a Kirkus best book of the year, and an ABA Silver Gavel honorable mention. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Evan has been an outspoken critic of legacy admissions since publishing an op-ed in The New York Times in 2014. His new book Poison Ivy: How Elite Colleges Divide Us offers a devastating critique of how elite colleges and suburbs work together to exacerbate social inequality. Evan is also a regular contributor to Politico. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, Valli Rajah-Mandery, a sociologist. They have three children.
2019 Emmy Award (Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media)
2019 Peabody Award
2014 Silver Gavel (Honorable Mention)
2014 Scribes Award
My principal research interests are the death penalty, civil liberties, and educational equity.