John Wesley

John WesleyAssociate Professor and Associate Chair, English

BA, University of British Columbia, 2003
PhD, University of St Andrews, 2008

John Wesley earned his PhD in English Renaissance Literature from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where he studied as a Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. In 2008, John joined the University of Toronto, where he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow until taking up a position at Puget Sound in 2011. Professor Wesley’s research and teaching specializations are the literature of the English Renaissance, the history of the English language, and the linked histories of rhetorical theory and education. His work in these areas—with reference to Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Lancelot Andrewes, and Richard Mulcaster—has been published in Renaissance Quarterly, Review of English Studies, Renaissance Studies, Oral Tradition, and Notes and Queries.

For the Department of English, Professor Wesley teaches upper-level courses on Shakespeare, Milton, the Bible and literary traditions, and the history of the English language. He also teaches the introduction to the major, a survey of medieval and Renaissance literature, and senior seminars on topics in sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature. For Puget Sound’s core curriculum, he teaches first-year seminars on comedy, Shakespeare, and postmodernism.