Reid Barbour


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Professor of English

Reid Barbour and David Norbrook have just published The Complete Works of Lucy Hutchinson, volume one: The Lucretius Translation (OUP, 2011), which was recently awarded honorable mention for the Best Scholarly Edition award at MLA.  Barbour's Sir Thomas Browne: A Life is now available from Oxford University Press.

Reid Barbour is the author of  John Selden: Measures of the Holy Commonwealth in Seventeenth-Century England (U of Toronto Press, 2003), Literature and Religious Culture in Seventeenth-Century England, from Cambridge Univ Press, English Epicures and Stoics: Ancient Legacies in Early Stuart Culture (University of Massachusetts Press 1998) and Deciphering Elizabethan Fiction (1993). Dr. Barbour is the co-editor (with Claire Preston) of a volume of essays on Sir Thomas Browne (The World Proposed, Oxford University Press, 2009).

He is currently co-editing Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici for the Oxford edition of his complete works (with Brooke Conti).

Teaching Awards

Best Graduate Mentor, Department of English & Comparative Literature, 2009
Edward Kidder Graham Outstanding Faculty Award, 2004

University of North Carolina Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 1999

Students’ Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNC, 1999

Senior Class Favorite Faculty, UNC, 1997

Bowman and Gordon Gray Term Associate Professor, 1995-98

Senior Class Favorite Faculty, 1995
Tanner Award for Undergraduate Teaching, 1990-91

Senior Class Favorite Faculty (Superlative Award), 1990



Hire Date: 1988

Ph. D., University of Rochester, 1988
M.A., University of Rochester, 1984
B.A., UNC Chapel Hill, 1982

Research Groups and Interests

Group III - English Literature from 1485 to 1660 (including Milton)