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Masten Named Miller Research Professor in Literature

August 24, 2009 | by Megan Fellman
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Jeffrey Masten, associate professor of English and gender studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has been named the Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature


Masten’s writing and teaching is focused on English Renaissance literature, culture and drama, the history of sexuality and gender and the history of the book. Masten is co-editor of the journal Renaissance Drama and was director of Northwestern’s Gender Studies Program from 2005 to 2008.

He has written and edited several books, including “Textual Intercourse: Collaboration, Authorship, and Sexualities in Renaissance Drama” and is working on a book titled “Spelling Shakespeare, and Other Essays in Queer Philology.” Masten was part of the international team of scholars who produced “Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works” for the Oxford University Press, for which he edited the 1618 collaborative play “The Old Law.”

Among Masten’s various awards is the 2003 E. LeRoy Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was named Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in 2006.


Masten is a former trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and a past chair of the Modern Language Association’s Division on Shakespeare executive committee. He is currently a member of the MLA’s committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare. He has been the recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Folger and Newberry libraries.


Before joining the faculty at Northwestern in 1998, Masten was an associate professor in the humanities at Harvard University. He has also held visiting teaching positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.

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