Alan Rauch is a professor of English. He was born in Montréal, Québec and received his bachelor's degree in biology from McGill University. After completing his master's in zoology, he obtained a master's degree and Ph.D. in literature at Rutgers University. Rauch’s research deals with the intersections among science, technology, and culture, particularly in the Romantic and Victorian eras. Rauch’s published work includes "Useful Knowledge" (Duke, 2001), "One Culture," and "The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century, and England in 1815." His most recent book, "Dolphin" –which includes photos and illustrations by Rauch—is a scientific, social, and cultural view of all dolphin species.
He is currently writing a book about sloths and is also completing a book on private subscription libraries in Manchester, Leeds, and Newcastle. Alan’s forthcoming article “The Sukotyro: On the Extinction of a Non-Existent Animal” will be published shortly in Configurations. With many publications in children’s literature, Rauch was the co-curator of an exhibit exploring women and science in the 19th century at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. The exhibit was supported by a Carnegie/Whitney Grant from the American Library Association. Rauch has been a Fellow at Cambridge University, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, University of Edinburgh, The American Philosophical Society, the Boston Athenaeum, and the Huntington Library in California.