Robert Wilson has been editor of The American Scholar since 2004. Before that, he was editor of Preservation, founding literary editor of Civilization, book editor and book columnist at USA Today, and an assistant editor at The Washington Post Book World. He has taught writing at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, American University, and Johns Hopkins. He is the author of two biographies: The Explorer King (Scribner, 2006), about the writer, geologist, and explorer Clarence King, and Mathew Brady, Portraits of a Nation (Bloomsbury, 2013). He is at work on a biography of P. T. Barnum, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2019.