• Alan Stewart

    Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Department Chair
    Offices: 617 Philosophy, 602 Philosophy
    Office Hours:
    Monday 10:10am-11:00am, & by appt.
    (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); Shakespeare's Letters (2008); and The Oxford History of Life-Writing, volume 2, Early Modern (2018). 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). 

    With Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge) he is co-Director of the Oxford Francis Bacon [link: http://www.oxfordfrancisbacon.com/], 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 [link: http://www.livesandletters.ac.uk/] in London. He is co-chair with Cynthia Pyle of Columbia's University Seminar in the Renaissance [link: http://universityseminars.columbia.edu/seminars/the-renaissance/], and a member of the University Seminars Advisory Board. Since January 2018, he has been Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature.