About the Provost

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Sean Keilen is the Provost of Porter College and Professor of Literature. He studies Shakespeare. His other scholarly interests include classical literature, the history and theory of criticism, literature and the fine arts, literature and philosophy, and the humanities in the public sphere.

Provost Keilen is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Stanford. His commitment to the liberal arts and his excitement about working at Porter College arise from his experiences as a student in the rigorous and supportive environments of these schools. Before joining the faculty at UC Santa Cruz, 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). In 2017, he published The Routledge Research 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 Shakespeare Workshop, a research center of the Institute for Humanities Research.