Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he teaches courses on contemporary medicine in cross-cultural perspective, the history of science and medicine, and American culture. His interests focus on the intersections of human biology and everyday life, particularly around sleep, eating, defecation, respiration, growth, aging and death. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (Ph.D. Anthropology), Bowling Green State University (M.A. American Cultural Studies), the University of Liverpool (M.A. Science Fiction Studies) and Oakland University (B.A. English Literature). He lives with his family in Ben Lomond, California.