Cathy Hannabach

Cathy Hannabach

Cathy Hannabach is the founder and president of Ideas on Fire, where she helps progressive academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds. She founded Ideas on Fire to harness the collective expertise of progressive, interdisciplinary PhDs and provide the editing, indexing, and consulting help scholars need to create an impact.

Cathy is also the founder of the Grad School Rockstars mentorship community, where she and the other coaches supporting interdisciplinary grad students rock their grad school years and build diverse careers both within and beyond academia.

She 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 sits on the executive boards of the Cultural Studies Association and the DP Arts Consortium, is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and ACES Editors Association, 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.

Cathy Hannabach

Some books, posts, and events by Cathy

Book Marketing for Academics image, stack of multicolored books on teal background with a red circle containing the book title
Make Your Event Accessible
Colorful books on bookshelves. Text reads "Crafting an academic book proposal". Contains the Ideas on Fire logo
Structuring Book or Dissertation
Headphones on teal background, text reads Podcasting as Public Intellectualism, contains the Ideas on Fire logo
Photo of an open book with a hollow back spine and pages have an orange finish. Text reads "Finding the right publisher for your first book"