Associate Professor of Women Studies
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building
Professor Walker received her Ph.D. in 18th century Literature at New York University. She is the Editor of the Chawton House Library Edition of Mary Hays's groundbreaking Female Biography (1803), the lives of 300 iconoclastic women in six volumes (Pickering & Chatto 2013, 2014), produced by a research collaborative of 164 international scholars. She is the Director of Project Continua www.projectcontinua.org, a website devote to earlier historical women, that partners with the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum. She teaches at NSPE, Lang, and Liberal Studies at NSSR. In spring 2015 she will co-teach "Rediscovering Discovery" in Parsons Art, Media and Technology, a course about the "Women of Discovery." Among the courses she offers are "Women's Intellectual History," "Enlightened Exchanges"; "Parallel Lives: History, Biography, Fiction"; "Mapping, Discovery, Empire, Dissent"; "The Power of the Book"; "Jews and the Crusades"; "Female Biography, Memoirs, Novels: Are Women’s Truths in Their Fiction?"; "Rational to Radical Dissent."
Editor, The Chawton House Library Edition of Female Biography in 6 volumes (2013, 2014); "The Invention of Female Biography," Enlightenment and Dissent, September 2014; “The Two Marys: Hays Writes Wollstonecraft,” Called to Civil Existence: Mary Wollstonecraft’s The Rights of Woman, ed. Enit K. Steiner, Dialogue Series, Rodophi Press, Amsterdam, 2014, pp. 49-70; Mary Hays (1759-1843): The Growth of a Woman's Mind (2006); The Idea of Being Free: A Mary Hays Reader (2005); ,and "Women's Voices," Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s (2011). Forthcoming works are The Invention of Female Biography, a collection of scholars' essays, and Mary Hays Considers the King's Library 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); Review Essay, European Romantic Review, Julia V. Douthwaite, The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France (U of Chicago P 2012); Katherine Astbury, Narrative Responses to the Trauma of the French Revolution (Legenda 2012), Spring, 2014The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, Second Edition, eds. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Notes and Queries (Oxford University Press, September 2013), doi: 10.1093/notesj/gjt158; “Preface: A Story to be Told Against Her,” Personal Moments in the Lives of Victorian Women: Selections from Their Autobiographies, ed. Abigail Burnham Bloom, Book 1, Edwin Mellen Press, 2008, pp. i-iii..
The lives of attested women, the history of learned women, the feminist intellectual tradition, Enlightenment feminisms, self-writing, the diffusion of the concept of the right to private judgment. the gendering of knowledge, the permeability of genre.
Mapping, Discovery, Empire
Power of the Book