Tanya Radford was born and raised in Utah, which bears little importance beyond explaining her Western sensibility and impatience with dogma. She completed a BA and MA in English at the University of Utah. In 2006, she completed a PhD in English with a specialization in 18th century British literature at the City University of New York – Graduate Center. Her dissertation, entitled Visible Effects: Narrative Spectacle and Affective Response in the Late 18th-Century Novel, examines the role of looking and feeling in sentimental, gothic, and pornographic narratives. Her essay “Seeing Feeling and Frustrating Reading in Laurence Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey” appears in the collection Word and Image in the Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, published by Cambridge Scholars Press.
Professor Radford’s interests include quilting, fishing, and decorating pysanky (or Ukrainian Easter eggs). She lives in Manhattan with her partner, Prof. Craig Bernardini, and their two cats, Emma Peel and Cato.