Diana Reese received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, with an emphasis on German & French 18th century literature and philosophy, from Columbia University in 2002. She has taught German literature and feminist theory at Cornell and Harvard Universities.
Her published works include Reproducing Enlightenment: Paradoxes in the Life of the Body Politic (de Gruyter, 2009), "A Troubled Legacy: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the Inheritance of Human Rights" (Representations, 2006) and “Aporias of Free Trade: The Nature of Biodiversity” (Radical Philosophy, 2008).
In 2012, having followed a lifelong interest in plants and ecosystems, she received a Diploma in Horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden. Her current research focuses on the relationship between writing and the material imagination.