Adela Pinch received her BA from Yale University and her PhD from Cornell University.  She is a specialist in eighteenth and nineteenth century British literature, with a particular focus on the relations between literature and philosophy.   She is the author of three monographs, Strange Fits of Passion: Epistemologies of Emotion, Hume to Austen (Stanford University Press, 1996), Thinking About Other People in Nineteenth Century British Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and The Location of Experience: Victorian Women Writers, the Novel and the Feeling of Living (Fordham University Press, 2024), as well as numerous articles on eighteenth and nineteenth-century British literature and culture.  Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

At the University of Michigan, Adela Pinch’s teaching has been honored with numerous grants and awards, including a University Undergraduate Teaching Award; a John Dewey Award for Undergraduate Teaching from College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and an English Department Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.