Clare Pettitt worked in journalism and theatre in London for six years before completing a D.Phil at Oxford University, and then taking up a lectureship in Victorian literature at Leeds University in 1997. Previously Director of Studies and Lecturer in English at Newnham College, Cambridge, she is currently Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture at King’s College, London.
Her works include Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?: Missionaries, Journalists, Explorers, and Empire and Patent Inventions: Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel. She has also published several articles about Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens, and is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.