Kathleen Frederickson

Kathleen Frederickson

Position Title
Director of Critical Theory
Associate Professor of English

268 Voorhies Hall

Education and Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • B.A., McGill University


Kathleen Frederickson researches the interfaces between economics, politics and the social and physical sciences.   Along with her appointment in the Department of English, she is affiliated faculty for the Graduate Group in Cultural Studies, as well the programs in Science and Technology Studies, Critical Theory, and Feminist Theory and Research. Her areas of interest include Victorian literature and culture; feminist and queer studies; the history of physics, biology, psychology, and the social sciences; Marxism; and psychoanalysis. She is currently at work on her second book, on economics and the psychologization of density.


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


"Prostitution and Victorian Literature". Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. (forthcoming 2015)

"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.