Catriona MacLeod studied at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (M.A.) and at Harvard (Ph.D.). Before moving to the University of Chicago, she was Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of German at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research, which focuses on late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century literature and culture, has the following emphases: gender studies, in particular literary and aesthetic figurations of androgyny; the intersections between high art and popular culture in Weimar Classicism; the relationship between verbal and visual arts. She has published on figures such as Winckelmann, Goethe, Bertuch, Kleist, Brentano, Sacher-Masoch, and Stifter. She is the author of Embodying Ambiguity: Androgyny and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Keller and Fugitive Objects: Sculpture and Literature in the German Nineteenth Century, and has co-edited two volumes of essays on word and image studies. Since 2011, she has been senior editor of the journal Word & Image.