The Department of English at UCLA offers a doctoral program in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, with an unsurpassed range of faculty and research resources.


In most graduate programs, students can only hope that they will find themselves personally and methodologically compatible with the few professors in their fields. UCLA, however, offers a diverse array of faculty mentors who are happy to co-operate to provide the broadest range of scholarly support:


Professor Michael Allen teaches the range of English literature from the Anglo-Saxons to Milton and especially Shakespeare, while his research has long centered on the philosophical, theological, magical, and mythological issues explored by 15th c. Italian NeoPlatonists. Twice Director of UCLA's Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and formerly Co-editor of Renaissance Quarterly, he is currently President of the Renaissance Society of America: his honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Eby Award for Undergraduate Teaching, and UCLA's Faculty Research Lectureship. He is also a member of the Department of Italian.



Professor A. R. Braunmuller teaches and writes about English and European drama from 1500 onwards and has special interests in genre, the status of history on stage,  the nature of characterization, and the history of the book as a material and cultural object. He has edited and transcribed several early modern manuscripts including the Jonson-Chapman letterbook; he is associate general editor of the New Cambridge Shakespeare and co-general editor of the Pelican Shakespeare. After single-volume editions of King John and Macbeth, he has launched himself on the Arden3 Measure for Measure. His critical works include volumes on Peele and Chapman, respectively.

Professor Barbara Fuchs works on European cultural production from the late fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries, with a special emphasis on literature and empire. Before UCLA, she taught at the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania. During 2006-2007, she held a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project on “Moorishness” and the conflictive construction of Spain. Prof. Fuchs is now working on the occlusion of Spain in English literary history and, with Aaron Ilika, on a translation and critical edition of two maurophile novellas, The Abencerraje and "Ozmin and Daraxa." She is a past editor of Hispanic Review and a member of UCLA's Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

With Prof. Anna More (Spanish and Portuguese), Prof. Fuchs runs the interdisciplinary UCLA Early Modern Research Group. For more information, please see the link below:

 Early Modern Studies


Professsor Lowell Gallaghers research and publications bring two fields into dialog: Early Modern literature (specifically Spenser, Shakespeare, and the literature of Counter-Reformation Catholicism) and twentieth-century Continental Philosophy (especially the writings of Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Blanchot, and Jean-Luc Marion).  Recent articles have examined various points of contact between Eucharistic theologies and postmodern ethics, in Shakespeare, contemporary phenomenology, and even opera. His first book, Medusa’s Gaze: Casuistry and Conscience in the Renaissance, was one of the first generation of studies dedicated to a theoretically engaged approach to the so-called “turn to religion” in early modern scholarship. He is currently completing a book in a related vein, a study of the biblical figure of Lot’s wife which traces the galvanizing presence of Lot’s wife in patristic literature, anti-Catholic diatribe in the Renaissance, and Holocaust literature.  Most recently, he has co-edited an essay collection (Catholic Figures, Queer Narratives) that addresses the profound kinship between Catholic liturgy and the aesthetic and narrative enterprise of queer writing in modernity.



Professor Gordon Kipling's teaching and research interests range from the period of Chaucer to that of Shakespeare. He has published widely on the literature and culture of late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance, particularly on topics concerned with the period's various forms of theatre, performance, and spectacle. His most recent book, Enter the King: Theatre, Liturgy, and Ritual in the Medieval Civic Triumph (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), won both the Otto Gründler Prize for Medieval Studies and the David Bevington Prize for Early Drama Studies. His earlier books include The Triumph of Honour: Burgundian Origins of the Elizabethan Renaissance (The Hague: 1977) and The Receyt of the Ladie Kateryne, EETS os 296 (London, 1990). Professor Kipling has been a Guggenheim fellow (1980), an NEH fellow (1973 and 1989), and a Fulbright Research Fellow (1990).



Professor Arthur L. Little Jr.’s research and teaching extend across several literary and cultural areas in the early modern period and outside it.  He is the author of Shakespeare Jungle Fever:  National-Imperial Re-Visions of Rape, Race, and Sacrifice (2000), and numerous articles on Shakespeare, early modern drama and culture, and contemporary queer writers.  His work is especially concerned with questions of race, gender, sexuality, nationalism and imperialism in both historical and present-day contexts.  He is also co-general editor of the Signs of Race Series for Palgrave MacMillan and has served on the Executive Committee for the International Shakespeare Association.  His current project is a cultural study of Hamlet.


Professor Claire McEachern writes about Reformation literature, religion, politics and gender. Her books include The Poetics of English Nationhood 1590-1612, (CUP 1996), Religion and Culture in the English Renaissance, ed. with Debora Shuger, (CUP 1997, and The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy (CUP, 2003), as well as several editions of Shakespeare's plays, including the Arden Much Ado About Nothing (2005), Twelfth Night (2007), King Lear (2003), and five plays for the Pelican series. Her latest article is "Why do cuckolds have horns?" Huntington Library Quarterly, 71 (2009). Her current project, titled "Believing in Shakespeare", concerns the relations of believing in salvation and believing in plays in the wake of the Reformation. She is also undertaking a biographical study of 'the intellectual daughters of Sir Anthony Cooke"– Mildred Cecil, Anne Bacon, Elizabeth Hoby, and Katherine Killegrew-- who as humanist-trained translators, authors, mothers, wives, and royal ladies-in-waiting influenced the formation of 'hot Protestant' Elizabethan religion and whose multiple identities shed light on the complex identities of early modern women and early modern religion alike. 


Professor Jonathan F. S. Post has been a member of the English Department since 1980.  His principal teaching and scholarly interests include seventeenth-century lyric poetry, especially Donne and the “Metaphysicals”(Herbert, Marvell, Vaughan, Crashaw), Milton, Shakespeare, the prose of Sir Thomas Browne, and related religious, cultural, and artifactual matters of the English Renaissance, and (modern) lyric poetry generally, especially the writings of Elizabeth Bishop.  Current projects include editing the letters of Anthony Hecht, exploring continuities and connections between Renaissance and modern poetry, and reading and writing on poetry and the visual arts.  He has held fellowships from The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment of the Humanities, The Bogliasco Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is the founding Director of the  Stratford-London Summer Shakespeare Program.



Professor Debora K. Shuger is the author of Sacred Rhetoric (1988), Habits of Thought (1990), The Renaissance Bible (1994), Political Theologies (2001), and Censorship (2006), as well as co-editor (with Professor McEachern) of Religion and Culture in Renaissance England (1997). Her interests, as this list suggests, lie in the domains of Tudor-Stuart religion, law, and politics. Her graduate seminars betray similar foci: political theory from Herodotus to Marsilius of Padua; Tudor-Stuart legal history; religious polemic and sacred poetry under the early Stuarts; and, in Latin, Erasmus’s Colloquies; post-Reformation commentaries on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans; and St. Augustine. She is presently in the midst of essays on Browne, Donne, Harrington, Hooker, and Shakespeare. She is also contemplating a book on William Laud, whose prison narrative is one of the great neglected works of English literature.



Professor Robert N. Watson’s books on English Renaissance arts and cultures cover many literary and methodological areas: a psychoanalytic approach to Shakespearean drama, an analysis of the literary imperialism of Jonson’s comedies, a cultural-studies approach to the fear of death (especially in Metaphysical poetry), editions of Jonson’s plays (including web-based texts), and an ecocritical study that reaches across genres and into philosophy, history of science, and art history. He is the winner of several national research fellowships, including NEH and Guggenheim awards. He received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching prize in 2000, and the Gold Shield prize for 2006-8, given to just one faculty member at the university for outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and public service. His poetry has recently appeared in the New Yorker and other journals, and his latest book, Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance, won the 2007 Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Prize, “awarded annually for the best book published in early modern studies,” as well as the ASLE Prize for the best book of ecocriticism of 2005-07.


Students working in these fields will be supported by the many resources of UCLA’s renowned Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, which stages dozens of conferences and visiting lectures annually, runs its own convenient and comfortable library, offers research assistant positions and other support, and creates an appealing space in which English graduate students can benefit from Renaissance scholars in other fields at UCLA. For students working in the later portion of our period, similar resources are offered by UCLA’s Clark Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies.


UCLA has one of the top five academic library collections in the country, and in combination with the UC system and its convenient interlibrary connection, it offers a superb scholarly resource.

The English Reading Room houses some 30,000 volumes of special relevance to the field. This is a non-circulating collection in our building, so key texts will always be right at hand.

Within easy reach of UCLA are two of the world’s other great research libraries for Renaissance and Early Modern studies: the Huntington and the Clark.

Both welcome UCLA doctoral students, and both also run a wide range of scholarly conferences and cultural events throughout the year.

The Getty Center, with its extensive art collection and its lavish and accessible research facilities, is within ten minutes of campus; see


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For more information on early modern studies at UCLA across the disciplines, see: Early Modern Studies


UCLA’s department of English is committed to excellent teaching. By a wide margin, we have won more distinguished-teaching prizes than any other program on campus.

We are also committed to the support of its graduate students, both in funding their educations and launching their careers.

All of our graduate students are supported on fellowships and teaching assistantships, often for five or more years, and the spirit of the program is positive and co-operative.


All English faculty teaching assistant offices are housed together in the Humanities Building on the beautiful central quad of the campus. This building was totally renovated a few years ago, and now contains a number of state-of-the-art classrooms and our own English Reading Room.

UCLA as a whole is also visibly on the rise, with Newsweek naming us one of the 25 “new Ivies,” and Washington Monthly – with its emphasis on the overall public service of colleges and universities -- ranking us second among all the colleges and universities in the nation.

Here is an opportunity to pursue your doctorate at a great public university in a great multicultural city, supported by unmatched resources for the study of Renaissance and early modern literature and culture.

Further information, including an on-line application form, is available at: 

Recent Graduate Seminars in Early Modern