Maria Konnikova is the author of Mastermind and The Confidence Game. She is a regular contributing writer for the New Yorker and has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, Slate, the New Republic, the Paris Review, the Wall Street Journal, Salon,and Smithsonian, among others. Her writing has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. She hosts the podcast The Grift from Panoply Media and is a visiting fellow at New York University’s School of Journalism. Her podcasting work earned her a National Magazine Award nomination in 2019. She graduated from Harvard University and received her PhD in psychology from Columbia University.