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Lucy Hartley is Professor of English at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She was born and educated in the United Kingdom, and received a BA (Hons) from the University of Oxford and a D.Phil from the University of York. After teaching at the University of Southampton for eleven years, she joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2006.

She specializes in nineteenth-century literature and culture, and her work contributes to both the intellectual history of nineteenth-century Britain and the broad interdisciplinary project of understanding the social transformations of modernity. She is the author of two monographs, Physiognomy and the Meaning of Expression in Nineteenth-Century Culture (Cambridge, 2001; paperback 2006), and Democratising Beauty in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Art and the Politics of Public Life (Cambridge, 2017), and the editor of The History of British Women’s Writing 1830-1880 (Palgrave, forthcoming 2018). She is currently working on a third monograph, Poverty and Progress: The Whitechapel Project of Henrietta and Samuel Barnett.