• Alan Stewart

    Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Department Chair
    Offices: 617 Philosophy, 602 Philosophy
    Office Hours:
    Monday 2-4
    (212) 854 6420

    Areas of Interest :
    Early modern English literature, history, and culture; manuscript studies; lesbian and gay studies

    Cambridge, B.A. (1988), M.A. (1992); London, Ph.D. (1993). Alan Stewart joined Columbia in 2003, after teaching for ten years at Queen Mary, and Birkbeck, both University of London.

    His book publications include Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England (1997); Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon 1561-1626 (with Lisa Jardine, 1998); Philip Sidney: A Double Life (2000); The Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I (2003); Letterwriting in Renaissance England (with Heather Wolfe, 2004) and Shakespeare's Letters (2008). He has published over thirty articles in collections and journals including RepresentationsShakespeare QuarterlyRenaissance DramaShakespeare StudiesSpenser Studies, and Textual Practice. With Garrett Sullivan, he is co-general editor of the three-volume Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (2012). His volume of The Oxford History of Life-Writing, Early Modern, will be published this summer.

    With Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge) he is co-Director of the Oxford Francis Bacon, a new 16 volume edition of Bacon's writings for Oxford University Press. He edited volume I, Early Writings 1584-1596, with Harriet Knight (2012), and is now working on volume 2, Late Elizabethan Writings 1596-1602.

    Alan Stewart has won awards from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and in 2011-2012 he was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Since 2002, he has been the International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in London. He is co-chair with Cynthia Pyle of Columbia's University Seminar in the Renaissance, and a member of the University Seminars Advisory Board. From January 2018, he is chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature.