Kathryn Hughes FRSL (born 1959) is a British historian, biographer and journalist. Educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University and the University of East Anglia; her doctorate in Victorian history was developed into her first book, The Victorian Governess. She is the Director of Creative Non-Fiction at the University of East Anglia, though is not based in Norwich and does not write Creative Non-Fiction herself, instead dedicating her time to writing history books and more conservative, traditional biography.
Kathryn Hughes, a contributing editor to Prospect magazine, has reviewed and written for The Guardian, The Economist and The Times Literary Supplement. An occasional presenter of Open Book on BBC Radio 4, she also contributes to the same network's Saturday Review. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Literature.
- The Victorian Governess, 1993
- George Eliot: The Last Victorian, 1999
- The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton, 2005