About the Provost

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Sean Keilen is the Provost of Porter College. An Associate Professor of Literature and Affiliated Faculty member of Theater Arts, he studies Shakespeare, classical literature, the history of criticism, and the relationship between the humanities and the arts.

Provost Keilen is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Stanford, and he traces his commitment to the liberal arts and excitement about working at Porter College to his experiences as a student in the academically rigorous but socially supportive environments at these schools. Before joining the faculty at UC Santa Cruz in 2012, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and the College of William and Mary.

The Provost is the author of Vulgar Eloquence: On the Renaissance Invention of English Literature (Yale 2006) and an editor of The Forms of Renaissance Thought: New Essays in Literature and Culture (Palgrave 2009), as well as ten volumes of Shakespeare criticism (Garland 1999). Currently, he is editing the Ashgate Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature with Nick Moschovakis. Provost Keilen’s research has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Henry Huntington Library. At UC Santa Cruz, he is the director of the Humanities Research Cluster, Shakespeare’s Disciplines: Literature and Theater Arts.