Cathy Hannabach

Cathy Hannabach is an editor, indexer, and academic consultant who helps progressive academics turn their vibrant ideas into reality and get their work into the communities they want to reach. After providing editing, indexing, and academic consulting services to hundreds of scholars, she founded Ideas on Fire to continue that work and to harness the collective expertise of progressive, interdisciplinary PhDs.

Cathy is the founder and director of the Grad School Rockstar Program and Dissertation Rockstar Bootcamp, which help smart, progressive, interdisciplinary scholars who struggle with the nuts and bolts of how to turn that intelligence and inspiration into tangible, effective, and repeated work.

She also hosts the Imagine Otherwise podcast, which highlights the awesome people and projects bridging art, activism, and academia to build better worlds.

She is the author of Blood Cultures: Medicine, Media, and Militarisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), which traces the cultural history of blood as it both enabled twentieth-century US imperialism and was creatively transformed by feminist, anticolonial, anticapitalist, and queer artists and activists, and Book Marketing for Academics (Ideas on Fire, 2016), which teaches you how to harness your resources, skills, and time to build your author platform and get the word out about your awesome new book.

Cathy received her PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis and her BA in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to teach as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of California, Berkeley.


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Some books, posts, and events by Cathy

Make Your Event Accessible
Writing a Kick-Ass Book Proposal
Structuring Book or Dissertation
Trim Down an Article
How to Be a Good Mentee