Ann C. Colley is a SUNY Distinguished Professor, Emerita, at the State University College of New York in Buffalo. She has written extensively on nineteenth-century British literature and culture and has published with presses including Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, the University of Georgia Press, Macmillan, Ashgate, Manchester University Press, Routledge, Palgrave, and Cambridge University Press. She has taught abroad on Fulbright Fellowships in Poland and Ukraine. In 2011, 2014-15, and 2017 she was a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
With Irving Massey, Ann Colley has traveled throughout South America, Central America, Nepal, Turkey, Morocco, Africa, Cape Verde, New Zealand, Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Ukraine. Always nostalgic for the landscape of home, she often returns to England, where she spent the first thirteen years of her life. In the summers she lives in the wilderness of Nova Scotia.
Most recently Colley has written a memoir of her experiences in Poland and Ukraine. Recalling personal experiences of living in Warsaw and Kiev, Ann C. Colley creates a complex, composite portrait of Poland and Ukraine at a time between the fall of the Soviet Union and the recent resurgence of a Russian threat. She recalls moments that are disturbing, absurd, discordant, frustrating, humorous, and endearing: a missing parrot flying in through the window, a robber on a train threatening her life, clouds of smoke from Chernobyl hanging over Kiev.