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Shetterly is the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, which was a top book of 2016 for TIME and Publisher's Weekly as well as a New York Times bestseller. The book was adapted into a critically-acclaimed film, and a television show based on it is in the works.
Shetterly is the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive for the stories of NASA's "human computers," women whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in World War II, the Cold War, and the Space Race. She graduated from the University of Virginia, co-founded the magazine Inside Mexico, is a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, and recently joined the Terra Alpha Investments advisory board.