Catherine Gallagher is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, where she held the Ida May and William J. Eggers Chair in English until her retirement in 2013. Her books on British literature and cultural history include The Industrial Reformation of English Fiction (1985), Nobody's Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670–1820 (1994), and The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the Victorian Novel (2006). Her latest book, Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Literature (2018), won the American Philosophical Society’s Jacques Barzun Prize for the year’s best book in cultural history. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she has received NEH, ACLS, and Guggenheim fellowships, as well as several residential fellowships. She was a founding member of the editorial board of the journal Representations and served as
its coeditor for ten years, helping to popularize a form of literary studies that was called “new historicism” in the 1980s.