David R. Sorensen, D.Phil.

Professor, Associate Director Honors
Office: Merion Hall 111
Phone: (610) 660-1881
Email: dsorense@sju.edu


  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1976
  • M.Phil., London University, 1980
  • D.Phil., Oxford University, 1983

Professional Experience

General Fields of Professional Interest

Victorian Culture and Society
Enlightenment & Romanticism
English & French Historiography
Intellectual History
Revolutions & Revolutionaries
Art & Aesthetics

Pedagogical Style

Lecture and discussion 

Other Information

Editor, Carlyle Studies Annual.
Advisory Board, Strouse Carlyle Edition.

Courses Taught

  • Various Introductory Freshman English Courses.
  • Victorian Literature
  • Reason, Revolution and Reaction: Intellectual History, 1640-1840.
  • The Modern Mosaic: Intellectual History, 1840-1930.


Selected Publications

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, Ed. Ian Campbell, Aileen Christianson, and David Sorensen. Duke - Edinburgh Edition. 40 vols. (Durham: Duke UP, 1970 - 2013 ongoing ). 

Heroes and Hero-Worship. By Thomas Carlyle. Ed. David R. Sorensen and Brent Kinser. (Yale: Yale UP, 2013).

The French Revolution. By Thomas Carlyle. Ed. K. J. Fielding and David R. Sorensen. World's Classics Edition. London: Oxford UP, 1989. 

The Carlyle Studies Annual. Ed. David  R. Sorensen and Brent Kinser. Nos. 22-28 (Phildelphia: SJU P, 2006 -2013 ongoing)

"A Failure of Faith: Herbert Grierson, Thomas Carlyle, and the British Academy 'Master Mind' Lecture of 1940." British Academy Newsletter 21 (January 2013): 39-44.

Jane Carlyle: Newly Selected Letters. Ed. Kenneth J. Fielding and David R. Sorensen (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004).

The Carlyles at Home and Abroad. Ed. David R. Sorensen and Rodger L. Tarr (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004).

Commentary: “Queen of Fairyland—A Newly Discovered Collection of Lady Ashburton’s letters to Thomas Carlyle.” Times Literary Supplement (1 October 2010): 13-16. 


The French Revolution.  By Thomas Carlyle. Ed. Mark Cumming, David R. Sorensen, and Mark Engel. Strouse Edition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.   

Grants and Awards

Tengelmann Award for Distinguished Teaching and Research,  Saint Joseph’s University, 2009.

Carlyle Letters Project, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1999-2014 (four grants totalling  $820,000  for the creation and maintenance of  Carlyle Letters Online and vols. 28-43)