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Heather Brink-Roby

Ph.D., Harvard University
M. Phil., University of Cambridge
A.B., Harvard College
At Stanford Since: 


Heather Brink-Roby’s primary research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British literature, history and philosophy of science, and theory of the novel. She has published on topics ranging from literary presentations of consciousness and theoretical diagrams in science to mermaids in evolutionary thinking. Her book in process is titled Reason’s Stories: Type, Paradigm, Example.

The type, the paradigm, and the example dominated nineteenth-century culture; they saturated its public discourse and shaped the style of its art. Reason’s Stories offers a theory of these major conceptual modes, showing how a range of writers used the structures of experience that they bring to life.

Brink-Roby is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford. She received an AB in History and Literature from Harvard College, an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from University of Cambridge, and a PhD in English from Harvard University, toward the close of which she became the Lumley Research Fellow in English at University of Cambridge.


Courses 2018-2019


English 126B: Nineteeth Century Novel

English 189D: Literature and Science