Blakey Vermeule

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Blakey Vermeule
Born (1966-07-14) 14 July 1966 (age 52)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
Occupation Writer, Speaker, Literary Critic
Nationality American

Emily Dickinson Blake Vermeule (born July 14, 1966), commonly known as Blakey Vermeule is an American scholar of eighteenth-century British literature and theory of mind.[1] She is a Professor of English at Stanford University.


Vermeule is the daughter of classicist Emily Vermeule and former Museum of Fine Arts curator Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule III. Her brother, Adrian Vermeule, is a professor at Harvard Law School.[2]

Her research interests include British literature from 1660–1800, critical theory, major British poets, post-Colonial fiction, the history of the novel, the cognitive underpinnings of fiction, and human evolutionary psychology. Her recent scholarship has focused on Darwinian literary studies.[3][4] This scholarship reflects a long-standing, personal commitment to Manufactured Darwinism as a way of life and professional advancement.[citation needed] Vermeule previously taught at Northwestern University and Yale University.


Ph.D. English Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
B.A. English, summa cum laude, Yale University, 1988