Hannah Nordhaus is a journalist and author of The Beekeeper’s Lament (HarperCollins, 2011) and American Ghost (HarperCollins, 2015). She writes about history, science and the natural world for National Geographic, Scientific American and many other publications. She is a 2019 National Geographic Storytelling Fellow and National Geographic Explorer.
Hannah’s first book, The Beekeeper’s Lament, is a non-fiction portrait of a fourth-generation beekeeper in the middle of a strange and sobering honey bee die-off. The Beekeeper’s Lament was a PEN Center USA Book Awards finalist, a Colorado Book Awards finalist, and a National Federation of Press Women Book Award winner.
Her most recent book, American Ghost, untangles the life and legend of Hannah’s great-great-grandmother, Julia Staab, who traveled the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico in 1866 as a mail-order bride. American Ghost was winner of the WILLA Literary Awards, the Seven Sisters Book Awards, NM-AZ Book Awards Finalist and was named a Denver Post and Entertainment Weekly Best Books of 2015. Both books were national bestsellers.
Hannah’s nonfiction journalism has appeared in National Geographic, Wired, Smithsonian, Scientific American, the Wall St. Journal, Financial Times, Outside, Times Literary Supplement (TLS), and many other publications, covering such subjects as contested public lands in the American West, litigious prostitutes in Montana, snorkeling salmon-counters in Idaho, besieged beekeepers in California, intrepid nuns on the American frontier, wildlife crime investigators in Oregon, and dog-poop mappers in Colorado.
Hannah grew up in Washington D.C. She received degrees in history and American Studies from Yale University and the University of Colorado. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two children.