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Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper

Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper

Contact details

Email: g dot e dot schwartz-leeper at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel.: 02476 5 74228 (ext. 74228)
Room: R3.34 Ramphal Building
Website: schwartz-leeper.com

Twitter: @gavinsl

Office hours (while working remotely): Weekdays from 2-3pm via Microsoft Teams (or by appointment outside these hours)



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Recently published: From Princes to Pages: The Literary Lives of Cardinal Wolsey, Tudor England's 'Other King' (Brill, 2016).


Times Higher Education


Read a recent op-ed in Times Higher Education on the Teaching Excellence Framework and interdisciplinary degrees: Click here to read the article.

Watch a recent interview in support of the Warwick-Monash Alliance's 'Translating Cultures of the Past' PhD network project:

Deputy Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies (Liberal Arts)

Director of Student Experience | Director of Undergraduate Studies | Senior Tutor

Director of Admissions | Staff-Student Liaison Committee Academic Convenor


Qualifications

BA (Simon's Rock); TEFL Cert. (SIT); MA (Sheffield); PhD (Sheffield).

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy


Profile

I was born in New York City and attended Bard College at Simon's Rock, where I obtained a BA in Liberal Arts with dual majors in east Asian religious studies and English literature. Having developed an interest in historical Englishes while a visiting student at Oxford University, I undertook a MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield under Sylvia Adamson. My MA dissertation considered the role of hyperbole in the holograph correspondence of Thomas Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell in the final years of Wolsey's life, and subsequently I was awarded a studentship to pursue doctoral research on sixteenth-century literary representations of Wolsey at Sheffield under the supervision of Cathy Shrank. I was awarded my PhD in English Literature in 2013 after examination by Mike Pincombe and Tom Rutter.

Following on from my PhD, I was appointed the inaugural research fellow and centre coordinator for the Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies under director Phil Withington. In 2014 I came to Warwick as the Project Officer for the Migration, Identity, and Translation Network, part of the Monash-Warwick Alliance. In February 2015 I was awarded a Warwick Transatlantic Fellowship to undertake research at the Newberry Library in support of my new project, "The Art of Richard Grafton: The Cultural Networks of a Mid-Tudor Printer", which has been further supported by a fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University's Sheridan Libraries (March 2018). As the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Student Experience for the BA Liberal Arts program at Warwick, I have a strong interest in developing creative pedagogical approaches to transdisciplinary education and student support. I have also taught for the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning at Warwick in collaboration with colleagues at Monash University, Melbourne. In 2015 I was awarded a JJ Kidd Fellowship by the European Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS) consortium and a Strategic Research Grant by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning at the University of Warwick to pursue research into liberal arts and sciences teaching and learning methodologies.

My first monograph, From Princes to Pages: The Literary Lives of Cardinal Wolsey, Tudor England's 'Other King' was published by Brill in 2016. I am currently writing my second book, The Art of Richard Grafton: The Cultural Networks of a Mid-Tudor Printer. Other ongoing projects include analyses of perception and strategy in liberal education, virtual communities for interdisciplinary educators, higher education policy (especially the Teaching Excellence Framework), values-based governance in HE, and further work on the connections between George Cavendish, Thomas Churchyard, and the Mirror for Magistrates.

I currently serve as external examiner for liberal arts programs at the universities of Exeter and Manchester.


Teaching and research interests

My diverse interests lie in transdisciplinary approaches to issues of perception, especially in relation to uses of the past. I have previously worked on aspects of Renaissance historiography; codicology and manuscript studies; religious writings of the English Reformation; John Foxe; Thomas More; Renaissance humanist networks; Raphael Holinshed; William Shakespeare; John Skelton; George Cavendish; Thomas Cardinal Wolsey; Thomas Cromwell; early modern letterwriting; early modern landscapes; historical sociolinguistics; early modern martyrdom and its representations; Thomas Churchyard and the Mirror for Magistrates, and more recently, Richard Grafton and early modern European print cultures. I also have an active interest in the development of creative pedagogies--especially in the liberal arts--and aspects of student experience and perception. I have supported multidisciplinary collaborations on labor and migration history, which has connected with my role in the Monash-Warwick Alliance's Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN). Finally, I have strong interests in apocalypticism through history, pop culture, and social justice.


Current teaching


Supervision

I am happy to supervise projects that deal with aspects of representations of the past, truth, and power from the Renaissance to the modern day (including cultural studies and education projects), especially ones that have an interdisciplinary or critical approach. I am also interested in interdisciplinary pedagogy and HE policy/governance.


Current administrative roles

  • 2018-Present: Deputy Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies (Liberal Arts), University of Warwick.
  • 2018-Present: Higher Education Academy/Development Mentor, School for Cross-faculty Studies, University of Warwick
  • 2015-Present: Director of Undergraduate Studies (Liberal Arts), University of Warwick
  • 2015-Present: Director of Admissions (Liberal Arts), University of Warwick
  • 2015-Present: Senior Tutor (Liberal Arts), University of Warwick
  • 2015-Present: Academic Convenor, Student-Staff Liaison Committee (Liberal Arts), University of Warwick

Current committee memberships

  • 2020-Present: Module Approval Policy Group, University of Warwick
  • 2020-Present: Academic Freedom Review Committee, University of Warwick
  • 2020-Present: Co-Lead, Director of Student Experience Network (DSEPN)/Student Experience Network (SEN), University of Warwick
  • 2019-Present: Climate Emergency Task Force, University of Warwick
  • 2019-Present: Elected Representative of the Senate to University Steering Committee, University of Warwick
  • 2019-Present: School for Cross-faculty Studies Ethics Committee, University of Warwick
  • 2018-Present: Elected Representative of the Assembly to Senate, University of Warwick
  • 2018-Present: Academic Board Member, Realising Opportunities [http://www.realisingopportunities.ac.uk/]
  • 2018-Present: Representative of Board of Faculty of Arts to Board of Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Warwick
  • 2018-Present: Mitigating Circumstances Subgroup, Academic Quality and Standards Committee, University of Warwick
  • 2017-Present: Board of the Faculty of Arts, University of Warwick
    2017-Present: Arts Faculty Education Committee, University of Warwick
  • 2017-Present: School for Cross-faculty Studies Board of Examiners, University of Warwick
  • 2017-Present: School for Cross-faculty Studies Management and Planning Committee, University of Warwick
  • 2015-Present: Chair, Board of Undergraduate Studies (Liberal Arts), University of Warwick


Publications

Monographs

  1. From Princes to Pages: The Literary Lives of Cardinal Wolsey, Tudor England’s ‘Other King’ (Leiden: Brill, 2016). ISBN: 9789004317505. Status: in print.
  2. The Art of Richard Grafton: The Cultural Networks of a Mid-Tudor Printer (Leiden: Brill, 2020). Status: under contract to Brill’s ‘Library of the Written Word: The Handpress World’ series (series ed. Andrew Pettegree).

Articles/essays

  1. Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “George Cavendish, Historiographer” in A Companion to the Cavendishes: Writing, Patronage, and Material Culture, eds. Lisa Hopkins and Tom Rutter (ARC Humanities, 2020). [with publisher]
  2. Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “The State of the Art”, in Richard II: A Critical Reader, eds. Andrew Duxfield and Michael Davies (Arden Early Modern Drama Guides, 2020)
  3. Mike Pincombe and Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs: Tragedies of Tyrants” in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion, eds. Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  4. Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VII (4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in Year’s Work in English Studies 1 (2016). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org
  5. Gavin Schwartz-Leeper and Edward Smith, “Chapter V: The early sixteenth century” in Year’s Work in English Studies 1 (2016). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org
  6. Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VII (4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in Year’s Work in English Studies 1 (2015). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/
  7. Gavin Schwartz-Leeper and Edward Smith, “Chapter V: The early sixteenth century” in Year’s Work in English Studies 1 (2015). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org
  8. Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VI (4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in Year’s Work in English Studies 1 (2014), pp. 415-425.
  9. Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Turning Princes Into Pages: Images of Cardinal Wolsey in the Satires of John Skelton and Shakespeare’s Henry VIII” in New Perspectives on Tudor Culture: Literature, Society, and Politics, eds. Zsolt Almasi and Mike Pincombe (Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press, July 2012). ISBN: 1-4438-3906-X

Reviews

  1. Review of A Mirror for Magistrates in Context: Literature, History, and Politics in Early Modern England, eds. Harriet Archer and Andrew Hadfield (Oxford: OUP, 2016), in The Review of English Studies (2017).
  2. Review of Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe, eds. Cesare Cuttica and Glenn Burgess (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012), in The Sixteenth Century Journal XLIV, No. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 213-214.
  3. Review of Enigma and Revelation in Renaissance English Literature, eds. Helen Cooney and Mark S. Sweetnam (Dublin: Four Courts, 2012), in Sixteenth Century Journal XLIV, No. 4 (Winter 2013), pp. 1131-1132.
  4. Review: Antoninia Bevan Zlatar, Reformation Fictions: Polemical Protestant Dialogues in Elizabethan England(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). Available at <http://europeanconversionnarratives.wordpress.com/>

Other publications/activities

  1. Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “TEF may well end up harming the very programmes it seeks to help”, in Times Higher Education (27 June 2017). Available at: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/tef-may-well-end-harming-very-programmes-it-seeks-help
  2. Contributor to Companion to Undergraduate Research in the Liberal Arts and Sciences handbook (2017). Available at: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/schoolforcross-facultystudies/liberalarts/erasmus/outputs/
  3. Former editor of the Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN) blog, available at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mitn/blog/
  4. Former contributor to the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies.

Fellowships/awards/grants (amounts over £1,000 specified)

  • 2018: Primary Investigator, “Cerebral Gymnastics: Using debating to improve academic literacy and student engagement at University”. Student-led debate-based pedagogy project. Amount: c.£15,000.
  • 2018: Appointed Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy.
  • 2018: Co-Investigator, “Learner to Professional”. PI: Graeme Knowles. Funder: Warwick International Higher Education Academy. Amount: £4,822.
  • 2018: Nominated and selected for Warwick-Monash Alliance Leadership Development program.
  • 2018: Appointed inaugural Warwick Transatlantic Fellow to Johns Hopkins University. PI: Gavin Schwartz-Leeper. Amount: £2,000.
  • 2017-2020: Selected as Fellow, Warwick International Higher Education Academy.
  • 2017: Awarded merit pay for excellent performance (University of Warwick).
  • 2016-2017: Staff advisor, “Translating Cultures of the Past”, Monash-Warwick Alliance. PI: Liam Lewis (Warwick)/Luke Bancroft (Monash). Project funding: £12,000.
  • 2015-2016: Project researcher, BLASTER (Best Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Expanded and Reinforced) consortium. PI: Prof. Cathia Jenainati (University of Warwick). Total project funding: €275,000.
  • 2015: Awarded research grant, Liberal Arts, University of Warwick. Project: Embedding Transdisciplinary Education in Britain. PI: Gavin Schwartz-Leeper.
  • 2015: Awarded Strategic Funding Grant, Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning, University of Warwick. Project: Embedding Transdisciplinary Education in Britain. PI: Gavin Schwartz-Leeper. Amount: £1,000.
  • 2015: Appointed J.J. Kidd Fellow, European Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Project: Embedding Transdisciplinary Education in Britain. PI: Gavin Schwartz-Leeper. Amount: €1,500.
  • 2015: Appointed Warwick Transatlantic Fellow, Humanities Research Centre/Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick and the Newberry Library. Project: The Art of Richard Grafton. PI: Gavin Schwartz-Leeper. Amount: £2,200.
  • 2013-2016: Appointed inaugural Research Fellow, Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Sheffield.
  • 2014: Awarded bursary to present research at the 2014 Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) conference.
  • 2012: Awarded Society bursary to present research at the 2012 Society for Renaissance Studies conference.
  • 2011: Awarded University Research Strategy funding to present research at the 2011 Sixteenth Century Society Conference.
  • 2009: Awarded bursary to present research at the 2009 Tudor Symposium.
  • 2009: Awarded University Research Strategy funding to present research at the 2009 Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting.
  • 2008-2011: Awarded University Fee Studentship to undertake doctoral research. Amount: £24,000.