Nina Burleigh

Adjunct Faculty


Nina Burleigh is the author of four nonfiction books, the most recent (2008), "Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith greed and Forgery in the Holy Land," is about Bible relic forgery, and the intriguing world of Biblical archaeology and collectors.

In 2007, she published "Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt." The book chronicles the first large-scale interaction between Western civilians and Islam in the modern era. Previous books include "The Stranger and the Statesman," (Morrow, 2003) about the mysterious life of 18th Century scientist James Smithson and his bequest to the nation, and "A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Mary Meyer," (Bantam 1998), the true story of the unsolved murder of an American aristocrat in 1964, set in the bizarre and exclusive world of the wives of the Cold Warriors in Washington, D.C.
As a journalist, she has covered twenty years of local and national politics, law, crime, women's issues, and pop culture based in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Paris, and New York. She traveled widely in the United States covering American elections and extensively in the Middle East, reporting from inside Iraq during the 1990s on assignment for Time. Her articles have appeared in Time, People, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Details, The New York Observer, Elle, More, Jane,, Salon, and other publications.
She recently left her position as a staff writer at People Magazine in New York covering human interest stories, to work on a new book about the Amanda Knox case.
Burleigh was born and educated in the Midwest. She has a Master's degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago, a Master's in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a B.A. in English from MacMurray College.