Dr. Helen Sword

Helen Sword

Helen Sword is a poet, scholar, master teacher, and international expert on academic and professional writing across the disciplines.

Born and raised in Southern California, she received her PhD in comparative literature from Princeton University and has lived since 2001 in New Zealand, where she is currently Professor and Director of the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education at the University of Auckland.

Helen has been honoured with a number of research and teaching awards, including the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia’s 2013 medal for a scholar who has made a major impact on the tertiary education research environment of New Zealand. Her books, articles, and online tools have empowered writers from around the world to write more clearly, confidently, prolifically, and with greater pleasure. Helen’s evidence-based masterclasses for academic and professional writers have taken her to more than 90 universities, research institutes, and organizations in 20 countries and to every continent except Antarctica.