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Photo of Thomas Reinert, taken by Sarah Boyd

Associate Professor

1979, BA Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Puget Sound

1983, MA English, Cornell University

1987, PhD English, Cornell University


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.


  • “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).


  • Institute for the Arts and Humanities fellowship. Fall 1998.

Courses Taught:

  • (ENG 121) British Literature, 1800 to 1950.
  • (ENG 123) Introduction to Fiction.
  • (ENG 124) Contemporary Literature.
  • (ENG 331) Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature.
  • (ENG 436) The Sentimental, the Gothic, and the Sublime.
  • (ENG 831) 18th-Century Women Novelists.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume