I am an editor, podcaster, and author who helps progressive academics turn their vibrant ideas into reality and get their work into the communities they want to reach. I founded Ideas on Fire, an academic publishing and consulting agency helping interdisciplinary, progressive academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.

I am also the founder of Grad School Rockstars, an online mentorship community of progressive, interdisciplinary scholars supporting each other online and off, within academia and beyond.

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

I am 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.

I received my PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis and my 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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Jazmín D.

The Grad School Rockstar Program has been an incredible boon to my academic life and personal wellbeing. Cathy is a great source of organizational know-how, and a terrific sounding board as I hash out ideas. Genuinely interested in my research and supportive every step of the way, Cathy has helped me to adopt a more realistic and healthy attitude towards my academic workI feel much more in control of my process and more confident in my thinking and writing abilities.

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Minh-Ha T. Pham

Cathy’s advice to maintain rather than resolve the tensions embodied by the fraught position of my research subjects [Asian American fashion bloggers] helped to draw out my book’s critical framework and gave me important direction for revising and re-organizing chapters. She’s a wonderful reader who offers exactly the right amount of critical feedback and positive nudging forward.

—Minh-Ha T. Pham, author of Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging

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Gayle Salamon

Cathy Hannabach is an outrageously talented researcher, editor, and indexer. She takes meticulous care with every last detail; no aspect of a project escapes her laser-like focus, yet her sights are always trained on the big picture. It is truly a gift to be able to lean into Cathy’s wide-ranging expertise, and my work has benefited enormously from her help at every stage of the process. She is thorough and quick and always knows how to make things on the page just a little bit better.

—Gayle Salamon, author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality

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Juana María Rodríguez

Blood Cultures is everything cultural studies scholarship aspires to be: urgent, rigorously interdisciplinary and bold in theorization and execution. And Cathy Hannabach is one of the most gifted, erudite, and sophisticated scholars I know.

—Juana María Rodríguez, author of Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings

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