Kate Bergren received her B.A. in English from Wellesley College and her M.A. and Ph.D from UCLA. Her fields of interest include British Romantic poetry, nineteenth-century British literature, postcolonial literature and theory, and ecocriticism. She is working on a book manuscript titled The Global Wordsworth: Afterlives of the English Poet, and has published articles in Modern Philology and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment.

As a teacher, her aim is to widen the circumference of what constitutes an appropriate and useful reaction to a text, and to teach students that they are already in the process of interpretation when they find a reading confusing, exciting, or dull.