Pamela Paul is an American writer who currently serves as the editor of The New York Times Book Review.[1] She is also editor of all book coverage for The New York Times.[2] She joined the Times in 2011 and served as children's books editor and features editor for the Book Review before her 2013 and 2016 promotions.[3][4][5]

Pamela Paul
Paul at the 2019 Texas Book Festival
Paul at the 2019 Texas Book Festival
OccupationEditor, writer
ResidenceUnited States

She is a former columnist for The New York Times, for which she wrote the "Studied" column, and for Worth Magazine, for which she wrote about financial issues and family. She has been a contributor to Time magazine, and a regular writer for The Atlantic. Earlier in her career, Paul worked as senior editor at the erstwhile American Demographics magazine. She is also a former London- and New York-based correspondent to The Economist, where she wrote a monthly arts column from 1997 to 2002.

After the 2005 publication of her book Pornified, she testified on the subject of pornography before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[6] She has appeared on television[7] and radio shows in the U.S., Canada, and in the UK, speaking about social and cultural trends, literature and publishing, and on the various subjects of her five books.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

As a child of Jewish ancestry, she was drawn to reading about the Holocaust as an adolescent,[9] and read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in college.[10] She was at one time married to fellow Times columnist Bret Stephens.[11]


  • Paul, Pamela (2003). The starter marriage and the future of matrimony. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks. ISBN 9780812966763.
  • Paul, Pamela (2005). Pornified: How pornography is transforming our lives, our relationships, and our families. New York: Times Books. ISBN 9780805081329.
  • Paul, Pamela (2008). Parenting, Inc.: How we are sold on $800 strollers, fetal education, baby sign language, sleeping coaches, toddler couture, and diaper wipe warmers - and what it means for our children. New York: Times Books/Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 9780805082494.
  • Paul, Pamela, ed. (2014). By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review. New York: Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 9781627791458.
  • Paul, Pamela, ed. (2017). My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. New York: Henry Holt and Co. ISBN 9781627796316.
  • Paul, Pamela; Russo, Maria (2019). How to Raise a Reader. Workman. ISBN 1523505303.


  1. ^ "Pamela Paul is Named New York Times Book Review Editor",, April 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Maher, John, "Pamela Paul to Oversee All 'New York Times' Book Coverage", Publishers Weekly, August 18, 2016.
  3. ^ Announcement from Sam Tanenhous and David Kelly, February 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Job Moves, Publishers Weekly, January 21, 2011.
  5. ^ Diane Roback, "Pamela Paul Named Children's Books Editor at 'NYTBR'", Publishers Weekly, January 21, 2011.
  6. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary web site "Testimony of Pamela Paul Author of Pornified," November 10, 2005.
  7. ^ The Today Show, December 7, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Social Costs of Pornography" was organized by the Witherspoon Institute in conjunction with the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Washington, D.C. and held at Princeton University, December 11–13, 2008
  9. ^ My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. 2 May 2017. p. 65. Like many other morbid kids with Jewish ancestry, I was drawn to Holocaust reading from the moment I entered adolescence, seeking out the death and torture and deprivation and evil.
  10. ^ Scribner, Amy (May 2017). "Pamela Paul - Behind the scenes with a bookworm". She recalls reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich during the summer after her freshman year of college
  11. ^ "Weddings; Pamela Paul, Bret Stephens". The New York Times. September 20, 1998.

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