Leeann Hunter received her PhD in English from the University of Florida. Her dissertation examines the relationship between bankruptcy and the rise of the Victorian daughter as social entrepreneur. In her research on the Victorian period, she focuses on the economics of the family, the machinery of social relationships, and the emotional impact of financial disasters. In the classroom, she demonstrates a passion for collaborative learning and community-building, by introducing students to such themes as "collaborative consumption" and "invention mobs," where students both study and practice different forms of collaboration and creativity. She also has a passion for working with at-risk students who face additional obstacles in the classroom.