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Ronald Paulson

William D. and Robin Mayer Professorship in the School of Arts and Sciences

Department of English
Johns Hopkins University


Professor Paulson specializes in literature and art of the Long Eighteenth Century (1660-1830). He has published books on all aspects of the period, from Swift, Pope, and Fielding to Wordsworth and Byron, from Hogarth to Turner and Constable (as well as continental artists such as David, Tiepolo, and Goya).

He was educated at Yale University, taught at the University of Illinois and Rice before joining the Hopkins faculty in 1967, where he served as chair and as Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities. He was Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of English at Yale from 1975 until he returned to Hopkins in 1984, where he served as Mayer Professor of the Humanities and, again, chair from 1985-1991.

He has been a member of the editorial board of ELH since 1967 and Senior Editor from 1985-2001. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was President of the Eighteenth Century Society of America (1986-87), member of the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association of America (1976-79), and Board of Advisors, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University (1977-84).

He was a Guggenheim Fellow (1965-66, 1986-87), an NEH Senior Fellow (1977-78), and a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation (1978, 1987).

He delivered the Alexander Lectures at University of Toronto (1979), the Ward-Phillips Lectures at Notre Dame (1978), the Brown and Haley Lectures at University of Puget Sound (1979), the Hodges Lectures at the University of Tennessee (1980), and the "Revolutionary" lectures at the University of Zurich (1981).

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