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Associate Professor

1993, Ph.D. University of Chicago, Committee on Social Thought

1991, M.A. University of Chicago, Committee on Comparative Studies in Literature

1987, B.A. The Colorado College summa cum laude


INGER S. B. BRODEY was born in Kyoto, Japan, and studied at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany, as well as at Waseda University in Tokyo, before receiving her Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. With a background in comparative literature and political philosophy, Dr. Brodey enjoys both cross-cultural literary studies and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature and culture. Her primary interest is in the history of the novel in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe and Meiji Japan, and she has published extensively on Jane Austen. She works in German, Japanese, French, and Italian, as well as English and her native Danish. She also publishes regularly in health services research and is interested in the emerging field of neuro-cognitive studies of literature. She is co-founder and co-director of the Jane Austen Summer Program, and also co-directs and co-hosts Jane Austen & Co, a Zoom-based interview series with authors and literary scholars around the world. She is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Affiliate Professor of Asian Studies, Adjunct Professor of Global Studies, and Director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

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  • “Austen’s Paradoxical Place in Indian Cinema” in Austen in Asia. Eds. Kimiyo Ogawa and Tristanne Connolly. Palgrave McMillan UK, forthcoming in 2022.
  • “Jane Austen, Art, and Artifice,” in The Edinburgh Companion to Jane Austen and the Arts. Eds. Joe Bray and Hannah Moss. Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming in 2021.
  • “Jane Austen in the Public Humanities: The Jane Austen Summer Program” (with Sarah Schaefer Walton and Anne Fertig) in Companion to Jane Austen. Eds. Maria Frawley and Cheryl Wilson. Routledge, forthcoming in 2020.
  • “Where perfection comes at a price,” The Conversation (March 27, 2020).
  • “Tyrants, Lovers, and Comedy in the Green Worlds of Mansfield Park and A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Shakespeare and Austen. Eds. Marina Cano and Rosa Maria Garcia Periago. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
  • Beth Lau, ed., Jane Austen and Sciences of the Mind. London and New York: Routledge, 2018. The BARS Review, No. 51 (Spring 2018): 17-19.
  • Ruined by Design: Shaping Novels and Gardens in the Culture of Sensibility. (New York: Routledge, 2008).
  • Rediscovering Natsume Sôseki (with the first English translation of Travels through Manchuria and Korea). Co-edited and Co-translated with Sammy Tsunematsu. (Folkestone, UK: Global Oriental, 2001).
  • “Power of Memory and Memory of Power: War and Graves in Westerns and Jidaigeki” in The Philosophy of War Films.  Ed. David LaRocca. University Press of Kentucky, 2014. 287-310. (Forthcoming in paperback in 2018.)
  • “Avenues, Parks, Wilderness, and Ha-has: The Use and Abuse of Landscape in Mansfield Park” in Approaches to Teaching Mansfield Park.  Eds. Marcia McClintock Folsom and John Wiltshire.  New York: Modern Language Association, 2014. 175-189.

Teaching Awards

  • Johnston Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Spring 2019)
  • Bank of America Honors term distinguished professorship (2012-2017)
  • Graduate Mentor Award for Department of English and Comparative Literature (August, 2016)
  • Chapman Family Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011)
  • Wells Fund for Faculty Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences (2010)
  • Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Spring, 2006)


  • NEH $30,000 Public Humanities Grant for “Jane Austen’s Desk” (March-September 2021).
  • William C. Friday Arts and Humanities Research Award (Spring 2021)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters awarded at Opening Convocation for Colorado College (August 2015)
  • BRIDGES Women’s Academic Leadership Training Group XXVII (2019-2020)
  • 2018 Harman Joel Gradin Excellence in Public Humanities Award, from the North Carolina Humanities Council
  • NC Humanities Council Grassroots Grant: $2000 for the Jane Austen Summer Program to support our training of middle and secondary school teacher in NC (2016, 2017).
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters awarded at Opening Convocation for Colorado College (August, 2015)
  • Named one of the top 100 notable professors at research universities nationwide by Online PhD program:
  • SAMLA Studies Award for the best scholarly book of 2008-2009.
  • Global Studies Curriculum Development Award for Global Food Films (Spring 2015): ca. $3000
  • Earhart Foundation research grant for Spring Semester 2009 to work on Cowboys and Samurai in film.
  • University Research Council Research Grant for illustration costs involved in publishing Ruined by Design (Fall, 2007)
  • Honors Brandes Curriculum Development Award for “The Feast in Film, Fiction, and Philosophy” (2006):
  • Johnston Scholars Development Award to co-develop “Asian Food Cultures” with Johnston Scholars (2006)
  • Spray-Randleigh Faculty Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill (Summer 2003
  • Selected as one of four Jane Austen Society of North America Travelling Lecturers, Representing the Western U.S. (2000)
  • Earhart Foundation Research Fellowship Grant (January-July, 1997).
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Ruth and Gwin J. Kolb Annual Travel Grant Award for research at British Library (1996-1997).
  • Martin Nelson Junior Sabbatical, 1996-1997 (University of Puget Sound).    
  • Martin Nelson Summer Research Award, 1995 (University of Puget Sound).           
  • Earhart Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 1993.
  • Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities (1988-1993).
  • Award for the best non-plenary paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (October, 1992).
  • Awarded Distinction in Social Thought (M.A. examination, University of Chicago), 1990.
  • Two-time winner of Jane Austen Society National Essay Competition (1990 and 1991); invited to judge 1992 and 1993 competitions.
  • Morton-Murphy Award (Spring 1989) for service at University of Chicago.
  • Jacob M. Javitz Fellowship 1988 (declined in favor of Mellon).
  • Fulbright-DAAD Fellowship (1987-88).
  • Rotary Fellowship 1987 (declined in favor of Fulbright/DAAD).
  • Colorado Merit Scholarship (1984-85 and 1986-87).
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (1987).
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Book Award for the highest G.P.A. (Colorado College, 1987).
  • Peter Lehman Award for the best political essay (Colorado College, 1987).
  • State Finalist in 1986 Rhodes Competition.
  • Colorado College Best Italian Language Student of the Year Award (1984).
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society (Colorado College, 1984).
  • National Merit Scholar, and scholarship recipient (1983).
  • United States Presidential Scholar: One of 100 graduating high school seniors in the United States named U. S. Presidential Scholars each year on the basis of S.A.T. scores, G.P.A., and leadership.  Honored at White House and Senate ceremonies (July, 1983).

Courses Taught:

  • (GLBL 492H) Global Food Films
  • (CMPL 486) Literature and Landscape: Japan and Europe
  • (CMPL 481) A Rhetoric of Silence
  • (CMPL 134) Great Books II: Travel and Identity
  • (CMPL 379/ASIA 379) Cowboys & Samurai in Film and Fiction
  • (CMPL 380) Almost Despicable Heroines
  • (CMPL 483/ASIA 483) Cross-Currents in the Japanese and European Novel
  • (CMPL 458) Culture of Sensibility
  • (CMPL 250) Approaches to Comparative Literature
  •  (CMPL 220) Global Jane Austen
  • (CMPL 700) Methods and Problems in Comparative Literature
  • (CMPL 255) The Feast in Film, Fiction, and Philosophy
  • (ENGL 097) Jane Austen Then and Now: A First-Year Seminar

Curriculum Vitae / Resume