About

Emily Esfahani Smith is a journalist and the author of The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness (Crown). In this book, Smith argues that the unending pursuit of happiness has distracted us from what really matters—the search for meaning in life. Smith draws on psychology, philosophy and literature—as well as her own reporting—to write about the human experience. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Criterion, and other publications. 

She is also an editor at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where she advises the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y and Citizen University to build civic engagement in local communities. If you're interested in joining or starting one, please reach out to Smith here

Smith was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Washington DC with her husband. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. 

For speaking engagements, she is exclusively represented by The Lavin Agency. Please visit her speaking page here for bio, topics, and videos. You may contact Charles Yao, Director of Intellectual Talent at Lavin, for more information, at cyao@thelavinagency.com.