Berkeley Team

Sukanya Banerjee is Associate Professor at Berkeley. She works on the literature and culture of Victorian Britain and its empire. More broadly, she is interested in postcolonial studies, ecology, studies of transnationalism and diaspora, political theory, and South Asia. Her book, Becoming Imperial Citizens: Indians in the Late-Victorian Empire (Duke University Press, 2010), which was awarded the NVSA Sonya Rudikoff Prize for best first book in Victorian studies, locates the liberal discourse of citizenship outside the conventional frame of the nation-state by studying how colonial subjects formulated claims to citizenship in late nineteenth-early twentieth- century Britain and its empire.

Jesse Cordes Selbin is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research focuses on the intertwined history of reading, education, and criticism in Victorian Britain. In a new project, she explores the ideal of “popularisation” that underwrote nineteenth-century transatlantic intellectual culture.

Ian Duncan is Florence Green Bixby Professor of English at Berkeley, where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature, the novel, Scottish literature, and other topics. He is completing a book on the novel and the “science of man” in Europe, from Buffon to Darwin, Goethe to George Eliot, and writing another on Scotland and Romanticism. He is contemplating a new project on Charles Darwin and aesthetic and scientific conceptions of form in nineteenth-century writing.

Emma Eisenberg is a PhD student at UC Berkeley. She works on style in the Victorian novel and essay, with her most recent work considering patterns of reduction and repetition in stylistic criticism and comic novels.

Imogen Forbes-Macphail, a PhD student in English at Berkeley, works on Victorian poetry, and on the relationship between literature and mathematics in nineteenth-century Britain.Her past research has included work on Gerard Manley Hopkins, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and James Joseph Sylvester. She also has interests in the digital humanities and in medieval studies, and holds a Masters degree in Medieval Literature from Cambridge.

Katherine Hobbs, a PhD student in English at Berkeley, studies nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British literature, ranging from Victorian popular fiction to Modernist poetry. She is especially interested in exploring the history of the women’s rights movement in Britain through its literary, legal, and musical dimensions. Her broader research interests include Victorian sensation fiction, periodical culture, and opera.

Max Kaisler studies English, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, and Film in the Comparative Literature Department at Berkeley. Her current work investigates the interrelations between nineteenth century fiction (from the ghost story to the realist novel) and meteorological technologies (with particular attention to the variegated field of barometry) as forms that seek to measure the most minute and massive fluctuations in atmospheric conditions.

Jessica Ling holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Her research investigates the impact of Victorian religion on the novels of Eliot, Trollope, and others. She is an editor at Stanford University Press.

Mary Mussman A member of Berkeley’s comparative literature department, Mary works at the intersection of sexuality studies and literature. Her research traces out a literary history of queer sexuality in Britain and France since the mid-nineteenth century, and argues that qualities of femininity have formed an overlooked lingua franca among sexual minorities—the basis of queer recognition, intimacy, and community.

Veronica Mittnacht is a PhD student in English at Berkeley. She is currently working on accounts of agency and determinism in Victorian novels, particularly around the marriage plot, social problem novels, and novels of manners.

Laura Ritland is a PhD candidate in the department of English at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the history of literary criticism and literary education in Victorian and 20th century Anglophone contexts. She is also a poet, with a first collection forthcoming from Montréal’s Véhicule Press.

Abigail Struhl is a PhD student in English at Berkeley. Her research interests include nineteenth-century novels and philosophies of materiality.

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