Cathy Hannabach

Founder and CEO
Cathy Hannabach wearing glasses and a floral shirt

Dr. Cathy Hannabach (she/her) is the founder and CEO of Ideas on Fire, where she helps progressive, interdisciplinary academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.

In 2009, she founded Ideas on Fire to harness the collective expertise of interdisciplinary PhDs and provide the editingindexing, and consulting help scholars need to create an impact.

She hosts the Imagine Otherwise podcast, which highlights those bridging art, activism, and academia to build more just futures.

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 is a member of the ACES Society for Editing and is a former co-chair of the Philadelphia Editorial Freelancers Association chapter.

She 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.

She lives in Palmyra, New Jersey, where in her spare time you can find her strolling through nature preserves and botanical gardens, cooking up a storm, or nerding out over plants and fungi.

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