Walker, Gina

Gina Walker
BA Barnard College
MA Columbia University
Ph.D. New York University, Founder's Day Award

To discover, recover, and reclaim historical learned women.
Courses Taught:
Women’s Intellectual History
Jewish Travelers and the Worlds They Found and Made
Enlightened Exchanges
Rational to Radical Dissent
Women and the Making of Modernity
Enlightened Exchanges
Recent Publications:
 The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, Second Edition, eds. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Notes and Queries (Oxford University Press), August, 2013

“The Two Marys: Hays Writes Wollstonecraft,” The Rights of Woman, ed. Enit K. Steiner, Dialogue Series, Rodophi Press, 2013

“Women’s Voices,” Cambridge Companion to British Writing of the French Revolution, 1789-1800, ed. Pamela Clemit, Cambridge University Press, February 2011, pp. 265-294.

Co-Editor with G. M. Ditchfield (University of Kent), Intellectual Exchanges: Women and Rational Dissent, Special Issue, Enlightenment and Dissent, 26 (2010), 2011.

Rational Passions: Women and Scholarship in Britain, 1702–1870, A Reader, co-editor with Felicia Gordon, University of Toronto Press, March 2008.

Mary Hays (1759-1843): The Growth of a Woman’s Mind, the first full-length intellectual history of Hays, religious controversialist, feminist historian, and experimental novelist, Ashgate, November 2006.

‘The Idea of Being Free’: A Mary Hays Reader, selections from Hays’s nonfiction and correspondence, as well as contextual materials that trace her intellectual genealogy, Broadview Press, 2006.
Office Location:
Room 919
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
Office Hours:
Tuesday 3-5 PM and by appointment
Research Interests:
The history of learned women and their texts; diffusion of theological to political dissent; gender and genre; women’s contributions to Intellectual History.
Professional Affiliations:

Editor, the Chawton House Library Edition of Mary Hays's groundbreaking Female Biography in six volumes (1803), published by Pickering & Chatto (2013, 2014); at present, the Female Biography Project includes 157 scholars and researchers, representing 105 institutions in eighteen countries and four continents.

 Director, Project Continua, the digital initiative of the Female Biography Project.

Recent Presentations/Exhibits:

 Chair, Roundtable, “Female Biography as Feminist Praxis,” Pride and Prejudices: Women’s Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century, Tenth Anniversary Celebration, Chawton House Library, Hampshire, UK, 4th-6th July 2013

“Artist and Scholar Talk: Mary Wollstonecraft,” December 8, 2011, Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, discussion with Matthew Buckingham about his installation, “The Spirit and the Letter”

Producer and Keynote Speaker, Toward a More Perfect History for the 21st Century,” International Women’s Day, March 8, 2013, The New School, with Carin Kuoni, Curator

“Project Continua: Female Biography for the Digital World,” Women’s History in the Digital World, The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education, Bryn Mawr College, March 23, 2013


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