Catriona MacLeod studied at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (M.A.) and at Harvard (Ph.D.). She is currently an associate professor of German at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research, which focuses on late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century literature and culture, has the following emphases: gender studies, in particular literary and aesthetic figurations of androgyny; the intersections between high art and popular culture in Weimar Classicism; the relationship between verbal and visual arts. She has published on figures such as Winckelmann, Goethe, Bertuch, Kleist, Brentano, Sacher-Masoch, and Stifter. The author of Embodying Ambiguity: Androgyny and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Keller, MacLeod has completed another book project that explores relations among verbal and sculptural representations in nineteenth-century German literature and aesthetics.
A member of the executive board of the International Association of Word and Image Studies, MacLeod was conference chair for “Elective Affinities”: 7th International Conference on Word & Image Studies, which took place at Penn in 2005. The conference proceedings, which she co-edited, appeared in 2009. MacLeod is also book review editor for the Goethe Yearbook and co-editor of the journal Word & Image.