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 Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2008, John received an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for research and teaching at the University of Toronto, where he remained until accepting a position at Puget Sound in 2011. Professor Wesley’s research 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 application to William Shakespeare’s drama, Edmund Spenser’s poetry, Lancelot Andrewes’ sermons, and Richard Mulcaster’s spelling reform—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, surveys 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 theatre, comedy, Shakespeare, the ideas of the Bible, and the problem of evil.