Jonathan Kramnick appointed the Maynard Mack Professor of English

Jonathan Kramnick, newly named as the Maynard Mack Professor of English, focuses his research and teaching on 18th-century literature and philosophy, philosophical approaches to literature, and cognitive science, ecology, and the arts.

Jonathan Kramnick

After receiving his B.A. from Cornell University, Kramnick attended Johns Hopkins University where he was awarded his M.A and Ph.D. He held faculty positions at Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University before coming to Yale in 2014.

Kramnick’s books include “Making the English Canon: Print-Capitalism and the Cultural Past 1700-1770,” “Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson,” and the forthcoming “Paper Minds: Literature and Some Problems of Consciousness.” He has contributed numerous articles, chapters, and reviews to journals and edited volumes.

The Yale professor is senior editor of the journal ELH: English Literary History and former director of the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University. He has served on the editorial boards of Eighteenth-Century Studies and 18thConnect and has been a reader for numerous academic publishers including Harvard University Press, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Stanford University Press, and Cambridge University Press. He is a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Modern Language Association.

Kramnick is the recipient of fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center, The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (University of California-Los Angeles). He has been honored with awards for excellence in teaching and in the humanities from Rutgers and Johns Hopkins University. As an invited lecturer, he has appeared at numerous universities and conferences in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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