BA, University of British Columbia, 2003
PhD, University of St Andrews, 2008
Professor Wesley’s teaching and research specializations are the literature of the English Renaissance and the history of the English language. He is also interested in the linked histories of rhetorical theory and education, and Elizabethan antiquarianism. He has published on William Shakespeare’s drama; Edmund Spenser’s epic romance, The Faerie Queene; the sermons of Lancelot Andrewes; Renaissance orality and literacy; and the English language of the sixteenth century in journals such as Review of English Studies, Renaissance Studies, Oral Tradition, Notes and Queries, and Renaissance Quarterly. Before coming to Puget Sound in 2011, he was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto.
For the Department of English, Professor Wesley teaches upper-level courses on Shakespeare, Milton, 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 special topics in sixteenth and seventeenth-century literature. For Puget Sound’s core curriculum, he teaches first-year seminars on theatre and Shakespeare.
John Wesley was born and raised in Canada. He is married with four kids, an avid reader of recipe books, and a dyed-in-the-wool Gooner.