Catherine Ingrassia

Catherine Ingrassia, PhD


Dean, College of Humanities & Sciences

(804) 827-8295

Blanton House, 825 W. Franklin St., room 104

Curriculum vitae

18th Century


  • PhD in English, University of Texas at Austin, 1992
  • MA in English, University of Texas at Austin, 1987
  • BA in Classics and English, Grinnell College, 1984

Research Interests

Catherine Ingrassia is a scholar of British literature and culture written between 1660 and 1820 a period commonly referred to as “the long eighteenth century.” 

She publishes and teaches with a focus on: 

  • the history of enslavement and captivity
  • women writers (particularly from the first half of the eighteenth century)
  • the history of authorship and print culture
  • women's life writing
  • the history of the London Stage

Select Publications

  • Domestic Captivity and the Eighteenth-Century Subject, 16601750. University of Virginia Press, 2022.
  • Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in Britain, 16601789. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • British Women Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century ed. with Paula R. Backscheider. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009, hardcover and paperback.
  • Anti-Pamela, by Eliza Haywood Broadview, 2004.
  • Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Early Eighteenth-Century England:  A Culture of Paper Credit. Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback, 2005.
  • Additional publications



  • Cultures of Captivity in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • The London Stage 1660-1800
  • Women Writers of the Eighteenth Century
  • Eighteenth-Century Novels and Narratives
  • Authorship in the Eighteenth Century


  • Percy G. Adams Prize for Best Article published in year for “Queering Eliza Haywood,” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 14.4 (2014): 9–24. Given by Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.           
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Innovative Course Design Competition Winner for “Cultures of Captivity” 2015/16
  • VCU College of Humanities and Science Distinguished Service Award 2014