Alissa Quart is the author of the acclaimed book Branded. She writes opinion pieces and book reviews for The New York Times and features for Lingua Franca, Elle, The Nation and Salon. Her latest book Republic of Outsiders (The New Press, 2013) is a discussion of America's activist subcultures. A former child prodigy, she started writing novels at the age of seven and won numerous national writing competitions. She is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.