Mary Jacobus was a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, from 1971 to 1980. In 1980 she moved to Cornell University, where she held the John Wendell Anderson Chair of English and Women's Studies. In 2000 she returned to the UK as Grace 2 Professor of English at the University of Cambridge, where she is also a Professorial Fellow of Churchill College. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, and the AHRC, and is an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She has been Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) since 2006. She has written widely on literature, feminism, psychoanalysis, as well as visual culture, and is currently working on the artist Cy Twombly. Her work is both literary and interdisciplinary, and is currently energized by the range of projects and disciplines represented at CRASSH.