Nikki Stern

Writer — Princeton, NJ

Nikki Stern writes political, social and cultural commentary with what NPR host Kurt Andersen describes as "even-keeled grace, tolerance and common sense." She is the author of two books, the most recent of which is Hope in Small Doses, which recommends a version of hope that thrives in times of uncertainty and has won praise from publications like Psychology Today. Her first book, Because I Say So: Moral Authority's Dangerous Appeal, reviews her experiences as a 9/11 widow in light of our culture's belief in unequivocal moral certainty.

Nikki's pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Humanist Magazine, Princeton Magazine, Salon, TruthOut, and Talking Writing. She has been a guest on NPR's "All Things Considered" and CBS "Sunday Morning," among others. She's been a featured speaker at the American Humanist Association's Annual Convention. An entertaining and experienced public speaker, she presents on various topics, including living with doubt while embracing possibility. To learn more about Nikki, please visit her website at

Nikki Stern can be contacted at Humanism, Philosophy, Psychology

Sub-topic(s): Ethics & morality