Roles

College

Life Fellow

Director of Studies in English, 1989-1999.

University

University Lecturer, Faculty of English, 1989-1999.

Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English, 1999-2003.

 

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

BA (Melbourne), MPhil (Oxon), PhD.

Harvard College Professor, 2008-2013.

2011-12 Walter Channing Cabot Fellowship, FAS, Harvard University, 2011-12, for Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition.

2008 Recipient of Silver Medal, 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for Burning to Read: English Fundamentalism and its Reformation Opponents (Religion category).

2007 Recipient of British Academy Sir Israel Gollancz Prize, for Reform and Cultural Revolution.

James Simpson

English

Research and Teaching Interests

I am currently the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, and Chair of English at Harvard University (2004-). Despite not being able to come often to the old Cambridge, my attachment to it remains very warm and strong from the newer Cambridge. At Cambridge, I was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English between 1999 and 2003, and before that a University Lecturer between 1989 and 1999. I grew up and was educated in Melbourne, Australia (Scotch College and the University of Melbourne), where I am an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. My scholarship is attempting to shape a new configuration in English Studies, a field that might be called Trans-Reformation Studies, ranging from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. My most recent books are each devoted to that larger project: Reform and Cultural Revolution, being volume 2 in the Oxford English Literary History (Oxford University Press, 2002), Burning to Read: English Fundamentalism and its Reformation Opponents (Harvard University Press, 2007). And Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2010)