Jeffrey Masten

Jeffrey A. Masten (born June 10, 1964[citation needed]) is an award-winning American academic specializing in Renaissance English literature and culture and the history of sexuality. He is the author and editor of numerous books and scholarly articles. Masten's book Queer Philologies was awarded the 2018 Elizabeth Dietz Prize for the best book in the field of early modern drama by the journal SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500–1900.[1]

Education and careerEdit

Masten earned a B.A. in English literature and music at Denison University in 1986.[2] He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, with a Ph.D. dissertation under the direction of Margreta de Grazia and Peter Stallybrass.[3] At Pennsylvania, he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.[2] He began his teaching career in the English Department at Harvard University, where he was Gardner Cowles Associate Professor in the Humanities.[4] At Harvard, Masten was executive secretary and a board member of the English Institute.[5] He became an Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University in 1998 and is currently Professor of English and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern.[2] He has also taught at the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.[6] Masten was Director of Northwestern's Gender Studies Program from 2005-2008.[7]

Scholarly publicationsEdit

Masten's published books and articles include influential and "controversial" writing on Renaissance dramatic collaboration and authorship by Shakespeare and his contemporaries,[8] as well as on the early history of sexuality. In 2012 Masten discovered a previously unknown first-edition copy of Christopher Marlowe's 1594 play Edward II, only the second existing copy of the play.[9][2] He has written influentially on early women's writing in English[10] and on the language of sexuality in early English history.[11] His selected publications include:

Since 1997 Masten has been a co-editor of the scholarly journal Renaissance Drama.[13]


Masten is the recipient of fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, Newberry Library, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2017).[14] Masten is the recipient of Denison University's Alumni Citation award (2017).[2]

At Northwestern, Masten was awarded the E. LeRoy Hall Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (2002–03),[15] named Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in 2006,[16] and named Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature in 2009.[17]

Other activitiesEdit

In Shakespeare studies, Masten served as a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America (2001–03),[18] chairperson of the Modern Language Association (MLA) Division on Shakespeare, and member of the MLA Committee on the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare.[19]

Masten was a member of the Denison University board of trustees from 2010-16[2] and was reappointed to the board in 2017.[20]


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award".
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jeffrey A. Masten | Denison University Alumni". Denison University Alumni. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  3. ^ "Department of English". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  4. ^ Hillman, David; Mazzio, Carla (2013-01-11). The Body in Parts: Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Europe. Routledge. ISBN 9781136050305.
  5. ^ "Supervisory Board 1994 | The English Institute". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  6. ^ "Jeffrey Masten - Folgerpedia". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  7. ^ "History: Gender & Sexuality Studies Program - Northwestern University". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  8. ^ Bennett, Andrew (2004-12-24). The Author. Routledge. ISBN 9781134461349.
  9. ^ Masten, Jeffrey (28 December 2012). "Bound for Germany: Heresy, sodomy, and a new copy of Marlowe's Edward II". Times Literary Supplement. pp. 17–19.
  10. ^ Kinney, Clare R. (2017-05-15). Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700: Volume 4: Mary Wroth. Routledge. ISBN 9781351964937.
  11. ^ Tosh, Will (2018-04-20). "Loveable Philologies: Texts, Bodies and Early Modern Queer Desire". History Workshop Journal. 85 (1): 328–332. ISSN 1477-4569.
  12. ^ "2018 Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Prize Announcement" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Renaissance Drama: Editorial Board". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  14. ^ "Faculty win record number of humanities fellowships - Northwestern Now". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  15. ^ "Past Teaching Award Recipients: Weinberg College - Northwestern University". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  16. ^ "2006 Recipients: Office of the Provost - Northwestern University". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  17. ^ "Masten Named Miller Research Professor in Literature: Northwestern University News". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  18. ^ "Shakespeare Association of America | Meeting Programs". Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  19. ^ "Masten Named Miller Research Professor in Literature: Northwestern University News". Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  20. ^ "New Board of Trustee members appointed". Denison University. Retrieved 2018-03-11.

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