Ruth Yeazell

Ruth Bernard Yeazell (born April 4, 1947) is an American literary critic.

She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1967, then attended Yale University.[1][2] Yeazell taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and Boston University before returning to Yale in 1991, where she was named the Chace Family Professor of English.[1][3] Yeazell was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979,[4] and granted membership into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.[1] As of 2018, she is the Sterling Professor of English at Yale, the highest honor bestowed on Yale Faculty.[5]

She contributes to The Conversation,[6] The New York Review of Books,[7] and the London Review of Books.[8]

Her longtime partner Alexander Welsh also taught at UCLA and Yale.


  1. ^ a b c "Ruth Bernard Yeazell '67". Swarthmore College. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Treisman, Rachel (March 30, 2017). "Faculty vote to diversify English major curriculum". Yale Daily News. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ruth Yeazell: 1990 Distinguished Teaching Award". University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ruth B. Yeazell". Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ruth Yeazell named as Sterling Professor of English". YaleNews. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ "Ruth Yeazell". The Conversation. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ruth Bernard Yeazell". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ruth Bernard Yeazell". London Review of Books. Retrieved April 14, 2018.