Alexander Nemerov was born in 1963 in Bennington, Vermont. He is the son of renowned poet Howard Nemerov, who served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress twice. Nemerov gives lectures and writes on American art, and has authored six books, including Icons of Grief: Val Lewton’s Home Front Pictures (2005), Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War (2010), and Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (2012). His most recent book, Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine, was published in 2016. He is a Department Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University, as well as a Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities.