Price’s research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Stanford University, and Girton College Cambridge. In 2006, Price was awarded a chair endowed in recognition of exceptional graduate and undergraduate teaching.
Through her research and teaching, Leah Price probes the form of the novel, as well as the history and future of reading. Price is a professor of English at Harvard University, where she teaches 18th and 19th century culture, narrative theory, gender, and the history of reading. She co-directs the seminar on the history of the book at the Mahindra Center for the Humanities at Harvard. In 2010, she organized—together with Ann Blair, senior advisor to the humanities program—the Institute’s conference “Why Books?” The conference brought together speakers from a variety of disciplines to explore the form and function of the book in a rapidly changing media ecology.
Price's books include The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2000), Unpacking My Library: Writers and their Books (Yale University Press, 2011) and How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain (Princeton University Press, 2011). She writes about old and new media for the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, and the Boston Globe.