Dinah Birch is an academic and literary critic. She is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and currently serves as the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange; she previously taught English at Trinity College, Oxford. She specialises in Victorian literature, and has published extensively on writers including Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Alfred Tennyson. An enthusiast for the work of the artist and critic John Ruskin, she has written two books on Ruskin - Ruskin’s Myths, and Ruskin on Turner. Her study of the legacies of nineteenth-century educational ideals, Our Victorian Education, came out in 2008. She reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books and is the General Editor of the most recent edition of the Oxford Companion to English Literature (2009), a concise edition of which will be published in 2012.