Deborah Nord

Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature

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.