James Engell

Professor, Harvard University

Since 1978 James Engell has taught at Harvard, chairing the Department of English from 2004 to 2010. He earlier chaired Comparative Literature and the degree program in History & Literature, and served on the Committee on the Study of Religion. He serves as a faculty associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment and began his studies leaning toward science. He has taught environmental seminars at the National Humanities Center and for a consortium of nine North American and Asian Universities.

In 2008 Yale University Press published Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology, which he conceived and for which he acted as a co-editor. His other books include, with Anthony Dangerfield, Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money (2005), which won in 2007 the Association of American Colleges & Universities Ness Book Award for best book on liberal education.

The recipient of four faculty-wide teaching and advising awards, Engell teaches courses in General Education (on rhetoric and on the Enlightenment), romantic poetry, eighteenth-century studies, and environmental issues. He served as president of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers and belongs to the Cambridge Scientific Club. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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