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Photo of Thomas Reinert, taken by Sarah Boyd



Thomas Reinert works primarily on British 18th-century literature but also teaches 19- and 20th-century British literature and recent American literature. He often writes and talks about the ways we rely on literature to make the public world seem intelligible to us.


1979, BA Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Puget Sound

1983, MA English, Cornell University

1987, PhD English, Cornell University


  • “Poetry of Disappointment” Free Verse (Summer 2017).
  • “Adam Ferguson’s Aesthetic Idea of Community Spirit.” Studies in English Literature: 1500-1900. (Summer 2008).
  • “Theater and Civility in Dryden’s Essay.” ELH. (Winter 1998).
  • Regulating Confusion: Samuel Johnson and the Crowd. (Durham: Duke University Press, 1996).
  • “Joan Didion and Political Irony.” Raritan. (Winter 1996).