School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Montana State University
Penned Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Wrote Unruly Fishes, about the history of Hawaii
Voiced Violet Parr for "The Incredibles"
Began decade-long run as contributor to "This American Life"
Published first book of essays, Radio On: A Listener's Journey
With her sister Amy, she followed the Trail of Tears, the path followed by the Cherokee during forced relocations between 1830 and 1850. The sisters' journey was chronicled on an episode of "This American Life."
Was raised fundamentalist, but later declared herself as an atheist.
Reprised her voice acting role as Violet Parr for several Disney-related video games, including "Disney Infinity" (2013).
Appeared as herself in two music documentaries: "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns") (2002), about the band They Might Be Giants, and "Hit So Hard" (2011), about Hole drummer Patty Schemel.
Served as "Senior Historical Context Correspondent" for "The Daily Show" in 2011.
Vowell's trademark was her unique speaking voice, an oddly-inflected mixture of hip cool and childlike enthusiasm.