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Roy Moose Distinguished Professor

1988 PhD English, University of Rochester

1982 BA English, UNC


I am an intellectual and literary historian with a focus on Renaissance/early modern.


Sir Thomas Browne: A Life. Oxford University Press, 2013. 538pp.

Religio Medici, ed. with Brooke Conti, volume one of the Oxford University Press Edition of the Works of Sir Thomas Browne, forthcoming.

The Works of Lucy Hutchinson IV: The Lucretius Translation, ed. with David Norbrook, Oxford University Press, 2012. 778pp.  Recipient of honorable mention, MLA Prize for Scholarly Editions.

The World Proposed: Essays on Sir Thomas Browne, ed. Reid Barbour and Claire Preston, Oxford University Press, 2008.  368pp.

John Selden: Measures of the Holy Commonwealth in Seventeenth-Century England, University of Toronto Press, 2003.  417pp.

Literature and Religious Culture in Seventeenth-Century England, Cambridge University Press, 2001.  282pp.

English Epicures and Stoics: Classical Legacies in Early Stuart Culture, Massachusetts Studies in Early Modern Culture, University of Massachusetts Press, 1998.  312pp.

Deciphering Elizabethan Fiction, University of Delaware Press, 1993. 175pp. (chapter 2, “Greene Discovering,” reprinted in Robert Greene, ed. Kirk Melnikoff [Ashgate, 2011]

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

Courses Taught:

English 120 British Literature, Milton to 18th Century

English 230 Milton

English 228 Later Renaissance

Curriculum Vitae / Resume