Carnegie Mellon University

Rachel Kravetz

Rachel Kravetz

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor of English

  • BH 245 L
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


My research centers on the history of aesthetic ideas in British literature, particularly works of the Enlightenment and nineteenth century. I have recently published on George Eliot in Nineteenth-Century Literature and on Shaftesbury in Notes and Queries. My book project, “The Art of Cognition,” traces ways in which paradigms from the history of art animate accounts of the mind. Through closely reading texts of philosophy, art criticism, fiction, and anthropology, I argue for and describe a thread of idealism within the tradition known as British empiricism. I have taught writing and literature in a range of academic settings, and often teach courses on art writing at Carnegie Mellon.