Dr. Kaplan received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, with a specialty in late-nineteenth-century American literature. Working in the interdisciplinary field of American studies, she teaches courses on the culture of imperialism, comparative perspectives on the Americas, and mourning and memory. Her first book, The Social Construction of American Realism, was published by the University of Chicago (1988). She co-edited with Donald Pease, Cultures of U. S. Imperialism (Duke, 1993). Her new book, The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture, is being published by Harvard University Press this fall. She has received an NEH Fellowship and the Norman Forster prize for the best essay in American Literature in 1998 for "Manifest Domesticity." Currently she is president-elect of the American Studies Association.