Susan Cain

Susan Horowitz Cain (born 1968) is an American writer and lecturer, and author of the 2012 non-fiction book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, which argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people.

Cain graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1989 and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1993. She worked first as an attorney, and then as a negotiations consultant as owner and principal of The Negotiation Company. Cain has been a fellow and a faculty/staff member of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an educational non-profit organization.

Cain left her careers in corporate law and consulting for a quieter life of writing at home with her family. She later wrote that she looks back on her years as a Wall Street lawyer "as time spent in a foreign country."

When asked what she would be doing if she were not a writer, Cain explained that she would be a research psychologist, saying she is insatiably curious about human nature. Cain's interest in writing about introversion reportedly stemmed from her own difficulties with public speaking, which made Harvard Law School "a trial."

Susan Cain

Born
Early 1968 (age 45–46)
 
Occupation
Writer, former lawyer and negotiations consultant
 
Language
English
 
Nationality
U.S.
 
Ethnicity
Jewish descent
 
Citizenship
American
 
Alma mater
Princeton University (AB), Harvard Law School (J.D.)
 
Genres
Success, Management, Education, Psychology, Self-Help, Interpersonal Relations
 
Notable work(s)
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (January 24, 2012)
 
Spouse(s)
Ken Cain
 
Children
2