Hildegard Hoeller is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, CUNY with an appointment in English and Women’s Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She began her education at the University of the Saarland, Germany, where she studied physics and then English. In 1983 she was awarded a DAAD scholarship and came to the US; she received her Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University. A former President of the Edith Wharton Society, she is a known expert on Wharton and other American women writers. She is the author of From Gift to Commodity: Capitalism and Sacrifice in Nineteenth Century American Fiction (2012) and Edith Wharton’s Dialogue with Realism and Sentimental Fiction (2000), as well as co-author with Rebecca Brittenham of Keywords for Academic Writers (2004); she is also the editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick (2007). Her essays have appeared in PMLA, American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, ESQ, American Literary Realism, African-American Review, Edith Wharton Review and other scholarly journals and edited collections. Her research interests are: American women writers and African-American writers from the 1830s to 1930s; literature and questions of gift-giving and capitalism; literary genres such as sentimental writing, realism, naturalism; the literary canon; abolitionist literature; modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Having led tours and facilitated dialogue programs at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum for the last ten years has deepend her interest in New York history and questions of migration and immigration. In the last few years, she has discovered her joy in giving public lectures.