Sophie Lewis

Writer, Theorist, Teacher


I am a writer and ex-European (I am British-German, raised in France), living in Philadelphia with my American wife and boyfriend and two cats. I am currently working on two book projects, but I also write ad-hoc commissioned essays for magazines including Harpers, The Nation and The London Review of Books on subjects ranging from Marilyn Monroe to medieval alewives. In 2019, my op-ed explaining “How British Feminism Became Anti-Trans” appeared in The New York Times. In my capacity as a faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, I teach online courses, open to all, on feminist history, trans feminism, The Dialectic of Sex, femonationalism and more. My first book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family, was first published by Verso Books in 2019 (the paperback and audiobook were released in August 2021). In the intervening period, I was profiled in publications ranging from Vice to Die Zeit, interviewed in Bookforum and The Nation, and invited to give keynotes at conferences hosted by universities like Brown, Brighton and Princeton. It is now frequently said that I “launched a global conversation about abolition of the nuclear family.” At the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown in 2020, magazine editors who had dismissed my “family abolition” arguments as “too out there” suddenly wished to commission me to write critiques of the private nuclear household.