Pam Hirsch

Dr Pam Hirsch is a Lecturer in English Literature and Film History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Newnham College. As a biographer she is particularly interested in the interweaving of personal and historical/political contexts. Her latest biography, The Constant Liberal: the Life of Phyllis Bottome (2010) has received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Pam has also published a full-length biography of the radical nineteenth-century feminist and artist, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, and a joint biography (written with New York author, Mark McBeth) of Oscar Browning and Elizabeth Hughes. Her collection of biographical essays entitled Practical Visionaries; Women, Education and Social Progress 1790-1930 charted women’s contributions to progressive movements. She has published shorter pieces on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and George Sand, plus entries in the Dictionary of National Biography on Barbara Bodichon, the pre-Raphaelite painter Anna Mary Howitt, and the avant-garde dancer, Margaret Morris. Pam has also written about the scientist, Hertha Marks Ayrton.