I lecture widely across the period 1509-1832: recent courses include Shakespearean Tragedy, Swift, Defoe, Four Types of Gothic, English Literature and the French Revolution, and The Dunciad and its Enemies. I do not give undergraduate tutorials.
Biography and Research
I read English at Trinity College, Cambridge and was a Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge. I then taught at the University of Leeds before becoming a Fellow and Tutor of Jesus College, Oxford. In 2002 I was elected to the Warton chair. In 2009 I was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
My doctoral research was on the historian Edward Gibbon, on whom I have published two monographs, and whose Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire I edited for Penguin. I have also published on Burke, Johnson and Swift. Two recent publications are a study of Elizabethan historiography and historical drama, Divinity and State (Oxford, 2010); and an edition of Gulliver’s Travels (Cambridge, 2012).
For a full cv and list of publications together with reviews, see my profile on academia.edu.
I am happy to consider doctoral students whose topics fall within the long eighteenth century. Students whom I have recently supervised have worked on the English deists, economics and eighteenth-century poetry, and satire and science in the long eighteenth century.