is an award-winning nonfiction writer, essayist, cultural commentator, and historian. She has a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College, where she graduated with Highest Honors. She also holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. Haag has written on an unusually eclectic range of topics in her books, essays, columns, and opinions. She consistently seeks to challenge clichés and cant, and to provide fresh perspectives on familiar and entrenched themes in American culture.