Professor Walker received her Ph.D. in 18th century Literature at New York University. In 2009, she was named editor of the Chawton House Library Edition of Mary Hays's groundbreaking Female Biography (1803), the lives of 300 iconoclastic women in six volumes, to be published by Pickering & Chatto (2013, 2014). Her research focuses on the history of learned women, Enlightenment feminisms, women's intellectual history, self-writing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the history of the right to private judgment. She is the author of Mary Hays (1759-1843): The Growth of a Woman's Mind (2006); The Idea of Being Free: A Mary Hays Reader (2005); "Mary Hays: An Enlightened Quest" in Women, Gender and Enlightenment (2005); "'Can Man Be Free/And Woman Be A Slave?' Teaching Eighteenth- and Nineteenth Century Women Writers in Intersecting Communities" in Teaching British Women Writers 1750-1900 (2005)' and "Women's Voices," Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s (2011). She is co-editor of The Feminist Controversy in England 1788-1810 (1974); coauthor of "Gender and Genre: Women in British Romantic Literature." She co-edited Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (2001), Rational Passions: British Women and Scholarship 1702-1870 (2008), and Intellectual Exchanges: Women and Rational Dissent, a specially issue of Enlightenment and Dissent (2011). Her current projects include directing the Female Biography Project and its new initiative, Project Continua, a public website under development. She teaches in the School for Undergraduate Studies and in Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. Before coming to The New School she was Director of Women's Studies at Northwestern University.