Ph.D., Cornell University
Alan Dugald McKillop Chair in English
Joseph Campana is a poet, arts writer, and scholar of Renaissance literature, with essays on Spenser, Shakespeare, Nashe, Defoe, Middleton, poetry and poetics, and the history of sexuality in PMLA, Modern Philology, ELH, Shakespeare, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity (Fordham UP, 2012), the co-editor of Renaissance Posthumanism (Fordham, 2016), and the author of two collections of poetry, The Book of Faces (Graywolf, 2005) and Natural Selections (2012), which received the Iowa Poetry Prize. His poems appear in Slate, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, and many other venues. He has received the Isabel MacCaffrey Essay Prize, the MLA’s Crompton-Noll Award for LGB studies, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Arts Alliance. Campana serves as Editor, 1500-1659 of Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 and as the Arts and Media cluster coordinator for the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS). Recently published essays treat a range of topics: bees, trees, pain, exhaustion, and reality television. Current projects include a study of children and sovereignty in the works of Shakespeare entitled The Child’s Two Bodies, a special issue of SEL called "After Sovereignty," and a collection of poems entitled The Book of Life. He reviews books and the arts for The Kenyon Review, The Houston Chronicle, and other venues.