Paula Kamen is a Chicago-based journalist, lecturer, playwright, and the author of what is widely noted as the first postboomer feminist book, Feminist Fatale: Voices from the “Twentysomething” Generation Explore the Future of the “Women's Movement” (1991). Her writing on feminism and young women has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Might, Ms., In These Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Kamen has contributed essays to about a dozen anthologies, including Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation (1994), Bad Girls/Good Girls: Women, Sex and Power in the Nineties (1996), and Shiny Adidas Track Suits and the Death of Camp: The Best of Might Magazine (1998).
Since 1994, Kamen has been a visiting research scholar with Northwestern University's gender studies program. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois.