Faculty Directory

Sean Keilen
  • Title
    • Professor of Literature and Belles Lettres
    • Director, Shakespeare Workshop
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
    • Porter College
    • Cowell College
  • Affiliations Theater Arts Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 629
  • Office Hours On sabbatical, 2020-21
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Summary of Expertise

Shakespeare, British Literature to 1800, Greek and Roman classics, history and theory of criticism, humanities in the public sphere, analog humanities

Biography, Education and Training

Williams College (BA), Cambridge University (BA, MA), Stanford University (MA, PhD)


Sean Keilen is Professor of Literature and Director of Shakespeare Workshop at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The author of essays about Shakespeare, Jonson, Milton, Dr. Johnson, early Renaissance drama, the reception of the Roman poet Ovid, the idea of the classic, friendship, and classroom pedagogy, he published Vulgar Eloquence: On the Renaissance Invention of English Literature with Yale in 2006. Professor Keilen's other books include a number of edited collections: Shakespeare: The Critical Complex (Garland 1999), with Stephen Orgel; The Forms of Renaissance Thought: New Essays in Literature and Culture (Palgrave 2009), with Leonard Barkan and Bradin Cormack; and The Routledge Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature (Routledge 2017), with Nick Moschovakis. Professor Keilen's research has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Huntington Library. In 2020-21, he will be writing a new book, Shakespeare’s Scholars: Three Lessons for the Humanities.