Dana Shawn Stevens (born June 30, 1966) is a movie critic at Slate magazine. She is also a regular on the magazine's weekly cultural podcast the Culture Gabfest.
Stevens grew up in Scarsdale, New York and San Antonio, Texas. She attained a doctorate in comparative literature from UC Berkeley in Show more... 2001 with a dissertation on Fernando Pessoa: A Local Habitation and a Name: Heteronymy and Nationalism in the works of Fernando Pessoa. She joined Slate in mid-2003, writing the magazine's Surfergirl column on television and pop-culture. Before joining Slate she wrote under the pseudonym "Liz Penn" on her own (now defunct) web website/blog called the High Sign. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post Book World, Bookforum, and the Atlantic and has appeared on several occasions on Charlie Rose and The Brian Lehrer Show.
Stevens has described herself as "an atheist raised in culturally Christian milieu". She lives in Brooklyn, New York.