Rebecca J. Holden earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. She has taught numerous courses at the university level in composition, creative writing, and liberal studies. As well as teaching, she works as a literary scholar in the area of feminist science fiction. She has published essays and reviews on various science fiction writers and books in Foundation, Science Fiction Studies, LA Review of Books, Women of Other Worlds: Excursions through Science Fiction and Feminism and Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler. Holden has served as a reviewer for Extrapolation, African American Review, and the Masters of Science Fiction series from the University of Illinois Press. She co-edited and contributed to a critical anthology with Nisi Shawl, titled Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler and also edited a collection of pieces on WisCon, a feminist science fiction convention, titled Regenerating WisCon. In 2014, Holden co-chaired the annual SFRA (Science Fiction Research Association) conference. In addition to her academic publications, she is a published photographer and poet.