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Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper
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
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
My diverse research interests lie in multidisciplinary 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. Recent work has included 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.
I was born in New York City and was educated at The Oxford Academy before attending 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 (in collaboration with Mike Finn) and further work on the connections between George Cavendish, Thomas Churchyard, and the Mirror for Magistrates.
- Liberal Arts: IP103 Art and Revolution.
- Liberal Arts: IP204 The Apocalyptic Imaginary
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.
- 2019-Present: Member, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee, University of Warwick
- 2019-Present: Joint Senate/Council Advisory Group, University of Warwick
- 2018-2021: Elected Representative of Assembly to the University Senate (3-year appointment), University of Warwick
- 2018-Present: Arts Faculty Representative to the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Warwick
- 2017-Present: Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning Management Committee, University of Warwick
- 2017-Present: Board of the Faculty of Arts, University of Warwick
- 2017-Present: Arts Faculty Education Committee, University of Warwick
- 2015-Present: School for Cross-faculty Studies Administration Committee, University of Warwick
- 2015-Present: Chair, Undergraduate Studies Committee (Liberal Arts), University of Warwick
- 2015-Present: Academic Convenor, Student-Staff Liaison Committee (Liberal Arts), University of Warwick
Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, From Princes to Pages: The Literary Lives of Cardinal Wolsey, Tudor England's 'Other King' (Leiden: Brill, 2016).
Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, The Art of Richard Grafton: The Cultural Networks of a Mid-Tudor Printer (Leiden: Brill, 2019). Forthcoming.
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “George Cavendish and his Historiographical Moment” in A Companion to the Cavendishes: Writing, Patronage, and Material Culture, eds. Lisa Hopkins and Tom Rutter (ARC Humanities, 2018). [forthcoming]
- 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).
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper and Edward Smith, “Chapter V: The Early Sixteenth Century” in The Year’s Work in English Studies 96.1 (2017). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/.
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VII(4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in The Year’s Work in English Studies 95.1 (2016). Available at http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/.
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper and Edward Smith, “Chapter V: The Early Sixteenth Century” in The Year’s Work in English Studies 95.1 (2016). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/.
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VII(4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in The Year’s Work in English Studies 94.1 (2015). Available at http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/.
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper and Edward Smith, “Chapter V: The Early Sixteenth Century” in The Year’s Work in English Studies 94.1 (2015). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/.
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VI(4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in The Year’s Work in English Studies 93.1 (2014), pp. 415-425.
- 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
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, "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).
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, "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 Vol. XLIV, No. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 213-214.
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, "Review of Enigma and Revelation in Renaissance English Literature, eds. Helen Cooney and Mark S. Sweetnam (Dublin: Four Courts, 2012)", in The Sixteenth Century Journal Vol. XLIV, No. 4 (Winter 2013), pp. 1131-1132.
- Appointed Deputy Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies (Liberal Arts).
- Apppointed 2018 Warwick Transatlantic Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
- Awarded Merit Pay Award (2018).
- Appointed Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (2017-2020).
- Awarded a Strategic Research Grant by the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) at Warwick.
- Appointed to a 2015 J. J. Kidd Fellowship by the European Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS).
- Appointed 2015 Warwick Transatlantic Fellow at the Newberry Library, Chicago.
- Invited presenter at the 2015 Warburg Institute's Warwick Doctoral Training Programme, co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.
- Invited panelist at the 2015 University of Warwick Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Research Festival.
- Appointed inaugural Honorary Research Fellow, Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies (2013-2016).
- Awarded University Fee Studentship for doctoral studies, University of Sheffield (2008-2012).
- Awarded MA with distinction (2008).
- Awarded 'honors' distinction, BA dissertation (2006).