Hilary J. Thompson

Affiliation: English
Associate Professor of English

Hilary Thompson's teaching areas include modern and contemporary global anglophone fiction and literatures of the nonhuman and extra-human.

Her research focuses on contemporary global anglophone multispecies fictions. Her first book, Novel Creatures: Animal Life and the New Millennium, was published by Routledge in 2018 in its Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture Series. The book examines global anglophone fictions of the animal, retrieving more expansively connective models of creatureliness in premillennial works from the more constricted and human-centric biopolitical writings of the post-9/11 era.

Her second book, Worldly Spirits, Extra-Human Dimensions, and the Global Anglophone Novel, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury in December 2023. The book examines novels written by diversely diasporic authors from 2018 to 2020 highlighting their extra-human turn and engagement with spirit animals, spirit dimensions, and animist life-worlds.


  • PhD, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 1998
  • MA, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 1994
  • BA, Distinction in English and Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1989