Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University, Mankato
M.F.A., Creative Writing-Fiction, Wichita State University
M.A., English Language and Literature, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
SHORT BIO: Antonia Felix is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one books including biographies of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Dr. Felix also conducts research on racial equity in education.
Antonia Felix is the author of twenty nonfiction books, a novel, short fiction, and drama. Her biographies of women leaders including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have given her opportunities to speak and lecture on women in politics in many venues. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, SkyNews, NPR, BBC, PBS’s “Washington Journal,” CNN International, and others. She is a featured biographer in the award-winning 2010 documentary American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi.
Antonia’s other biographies profile NATO Commander Wesley K. Clark and musical figures Andrea Bocelli, Harry Connick, Jr., and musical savant Tony Deblois, the latter three reflecting her professional background in music. She has also ghostwritten fiction and nonfiction titles.
Her column, Green State, addressed environmental and sustainability issues for the Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas, and was awarded statewide recognition in the 2011 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence competition.
Antonia’s one-act play, LA DIVINA, about opera legend Maria Callas, debuted at Minnesota Concert Opera in 2015 starring soprano/actress Andrea Cianflone.
Antonia’s public speaking appearances have included the Woman's National Democratic Club, Robert Dole Institute of Politics, Columbia-Montour Women’s Conference, Ozark and Tallgrass Creative Writing workshops, and Iowa Book Festival.
Antonia has been an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Liberal Studies and Creative Writing Program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, instructor in English and Literature at Emporia State University, and writing workshop presenter at the Ozark Writers Conference, Tallgrass Writing Workshop, and other programs. As a member of the advisory board of the Women’s Freedom Forum, an educational organization affiliated with the United Nations that provides information about women’s rights in the Middle East and Iran, she has conducted research and moderated briefings at the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
Antonia's doctoral research addressed racial and gender issues among black women principals in public education.
As a classical singer who trained at the University of Wisconsin, Mannes College of Music in New York, and Institute of Advanced Vocal Studies in Paris, Antonia’s career spans opera, concert, and recital performances. She has performed with the Virtuosi di Praga chamber orchestra in the Czech Republic; presented recitals in Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis; performed in festival opera productions in New York; and given masterclasses.