Kathleen Frederickson

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Position Title
Associate Professor of English

268 Voorhies
Office Hours
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Currently Teaching:

  • 110B - Introduction to Modern Literary & Critical Theory
  • CRI 200A -


Kathleen Frederickson is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty for the Graduate Group in Cultural Studies, as well the programs in Critical Theory, Feminist Theory and Research, Science and Technology Studies, and Environmental Humanities. Her areas of interest include nineteenth-century literature and culture in Britain and its empire; feminist and queer studies; the history of the physical and social sciences; Marxism; and psychoanalysis. She is at work on a second book, entitled Sex and Security in the Place of Nature, that investigates how eco-legal spaces such as the commons, the habitat, and the quarantine help both generate and model the economies and forms of the sexual.


The Ploy of Instinct: Victorian Sciences of Nature and Sexuality in Liberal Governance (2014)

            Honorable Mention, Sonya Rudikoff Prize for Best First Book in Victorian Studies

Selected Articles:

"Darwin under Domestication." After Darwin. Devin Griffiths and Deanna Kreisel eds. Cambridge UP, 2022. 

"Getting the Goods in Little Dorrit: Quarantine's Queer Logistics." Nineteenth-Century Literature. 75(2). 2020, 159-183.

"Queer Speciation, Or, Darwin On and Off the Farm." Victorian Studies. 60(2). 2018, 228-235.

“Evolution.” Victorian Literature and Culture. 46.3-4. 2018, 687-690.

 “British Writers on Population, Infrastructure, and the Great Indian Famine of 1876-8.” BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History, 2017.

"Freud's Australia." differences. 23(2). Summer 2012, 42-70.

"Victorian Pornography and the Laws of Genre". Literature Compass. (2011).

"Liberalism and the Time of Instinct."  Victorian Studies. 49(2). Winter 2007, 302-12.


Education & Interests:

  1. Ph.D., University of Chicago
  2. B.A., McGill University