Brigitte Fielder is an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is also affiliated with the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and Afro-American Studies. She received her Ph.D. in English with a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University.
Professor Fielder has held research fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and the Animal Studies Institute – Wesleyan University Animal Studies program. From 2014-2016, she was a member of the Executive Committee of C19: the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. In 2017-2018 she will hold the Nellie Y. McKay Fellowship, an award that honors McKay’s pathbreaking life and career as a woman of color scholar who laid foundations for the study of African American literature.