Anne Bruder is Assistant Professor of English and General Studies at Berea College and a former CLIR postdoctoral fellow at Bryn Mawr. There she edited the college's 125th anniversary history, Offerings to Athena. Her teaching and research interests focus on nineteenth-century American literature and culture. She specializes in the history of women’s learning, epistolarity, life-writing, the poetics of display, and fictions of education. She is also interested in contemporary and writing pedagogy. Her current book project, Outside the Classroom Walls: Alternative Pedagogies in American Literature and Culture, 1865-1910, explores various manifestations of a radically egalitarian strain of education that existed in opposition to the nineteenth-century’s traditional learning environments that were often inhospitable to individual needs.