Patrick Brantlinger is the Rudy Professor of English and Victorian Studies Emeritus at Indiana University. He has published ten books, several of them on race and the British Empire in the 1800s. Brantlinger edited the journal Victorian Studies for ten years (1980–1990) and chaired the department of English at Indiana University for four (1990–1994). In 2001, he was named College Alumni Distinguished Professor. His new book is States of Emergency, forthcoming this fall from Indiana University Press.