Deborah Nord graduated from Barnard College, spent two years in an M.A. program at the Victorian Studies Center of the University of Leicester, and earned a PhD from Columbia University. She joined the Princeton faculty in 1989, after teaching at the University of Connecticut and Harvard University. Her fields of interest include Victorian literature and culture; gender studies; women's writing; literature of the city; autobiography; non-fiction prose; social criticism; ethnicity and race in 19th-century writing; and American Jewish writers. She is the author of The Apprenticeship of Beatrice Webb (1985), Walking the Victorian Streets: Women, Representation, and the City (1995), Gypsies and the British Imagination, 1807-1930 (2006), and, with Maria DiBattista, At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present (2017), and the editor of John Ruskin's Sesame and Lilies (2002). She is currently working on a project about the relationship between 19th-century fiction and the visual arts.