Lauren M. E. Goodlad is associate professor of English and was interim director of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory in 2008-9 before becoming director in August 2009. She has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, a Masters in English from NYU, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. A specialist in Victorian literature and culture, Goodlad also has research and teaching interests in gothic genres; critical, feminist, postcolonial and political theory; cultural studies; and literature in relation to contemporary understandings of liberalism, globalization, internationalism, and development. She is the Victorianist Review Editor for Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN), Co-Head of the Victorian Editorial Board for NINES, and a member of the Advisory Board for Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. In 2010 she was named a University Scholar.