Jason Powell, D.Phil.

Professor and Director of Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies
Office: Merion Hall 184
Phone: (610) 660-3428
Email: jpowell@sju.edu


  • D.Phil., University College, Oxford University, 2003
  • M.St., University College, Oxford University, 1999
  • B.A., Trinity University (Texas), 1997

Professional Experience

Saint Joseph’s University, August 2007-Present

            - Professor, 2018-Present

            - Associate Professor, 2014-2018

            - Director, Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2017-

            - Co-Director, Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2011-2015

            - Assistant Professor, 2007-2014

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

            - Visiting Assistant Professor, 2004-2007

Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York

- Assistant Professor (non tenure-track), 2003-2004

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

- Lecturer, Lincoln College, Oxford, 2002-2003

               - Lecturer, Mansfield College, 2002

Nagaoka Board of Education, Japan

- Assistant English Teacher (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program), 1997-1998

Courses Taught

  • The Craft of Language
  • Texts and Contexts
  • Early Works of Shakespeare (PLS and Day)
  • Later Works of Shakespeare (PLS and Day)
  • Writing Gender, Nation, and Self in Sixteenth-Century English Poetry
  • Henry VIII in Life and Legend
  • Renaissance Non-Dramatic Literature
  • Writing Lives (M.A.)
  • Sidney, Spenser, Wroth



The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, Volume 1: Prose (Oxford University Press, 2016).

       - Reviewed in Journal of the Northern RenaissanceTimes Literary SupplementRenaissance Quarterly; PBSA; Common Knowledge

The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, Volume 2: Poetry, in progress and under contract with Oxford University Press.

The Complete Poems of Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Shakespeare, co-edited with William T. Rossiter (Ashgate, 2013).

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Scribal Publication and Diplomacy in Print: The Complete Ambassador (1655) and its Manuscript Predecessors" forthcoming in a special issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

"Secret Writing or a Technology of Discretion? Dry Point in Tudor Books and Manuscripts" forthcoming in Review of English Studies.

“Misreading Wyatt’s Scribes: Five Examples” New Ways of Looking at Old Texts VI: Papers of the Renaissance English Texts Society, eds. Arthur Marotti and Steven W. May (ACMRS: forthcoming, 2019).

“The Network Behind ‘Tottel’s’ Miscellany,” English Literary Renaissance 46:2 (2016), 193-224.

“Fathers, Sons and Surrogates: Fatherly Advice in Hamlet” in Medieval into Renaissance: Essays in Honour of Helen Cooper, eds. Matthew Woodcock and Andrew King (D.S. Brewer, 2016), 163-86.

“Introduction” (with William T. Rossiter) in Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Shakespeare, eds. Powell and Rossiter (Ashgate, 2013), 1-14.

“‘Astrophil the Orator: Diplomacy and Diplomats in Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella’” in Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Shakespeare, eds. Powell and Rossiter (Ashgate, 2013), 171-184.

“Scholars, Servants, Spies: William Weldon and William Swerder in England and Abroad” in Diplomacy and Early Modern Culture, eds. Robin Adams and Rosanna Cox (Palgrave, January 2011), 30-45.

“Line Omission in Prose Manuscripts, 1500-1700” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 104:4 (December 2010), 433-61.

“Marginalia, Authorship and Editing in the Manuscripts of Thomas Wyatt’s Verse” English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700 15 (2009), ed. A.S.G. Edwards, 1-40.

“Editing Wyatts: Reassessing the Textual State of Sir Thomas Wyatt’s Poetry” Poetica, special issue, “Directions in Medieval Editing” 71 (2009), eds. A.S.G. Edwards and Takako Kato, 93-104.

“Thomas Wyatt and Francis Bryan: Plainness and Dissimulation” in The Oxford Handbook to Tudor Literature, 1485-1603 (Oxford, 2009), eds. Cathy Shrank and Mike Pincombe, 187-202.

“’For Caesar’s I am’: Henrician Diplomacy and Representations of King and Country in Thomas Wyatt’s Poetry” The Sixteenth Century Journal 36:2 (Summer 2005), 415-31.

“Thomas Wyatt’s Poetry in Embassy: Egerton 2711 and the Production of Literary Manuscripts Abroad” Huntington Library Quarterly 67:2 (July 2004), 261-82.

Notes and Short Essays:

“Mary Shelton” in Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

“Sir Francis Bryan” in Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (Wiley- Blackwell, 2012).

“Thomas Wyatt’s Ivy Seal” Notes and Queries 54:3 (September 2007).

“Puttenham’s Arte of English Poetry and Thomas Wyatt’s Diplomacy” Notes and Queries 52:2 (June 2005), 174-6.

“Thomas Wyatt and the Emperor’s Bad Latin” Notes and Queries 49:2 (June 2002), 207-209.

Book Reviews:

Notes and Queries, Review of English Studies, SHARP News, Renaissance Quarterly and Reformation.

Grants and Awards

  • Fellowships (2), National Endowment for the Humanities (academic year), 2008-9; 2016-17
  • Long-Term Fellowship (academic year), Folger Shakespeare Library, 2015-16 (declined)
  • Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow, University of Texas, Austin (academic year), 2009-10
  • Short-Term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2015-16
  • Summer Stipends (2), National Endowment for the Humanities, 2006 & 2014
  • Franklin Grants (2), American Philosophical Society, 2009 & 2014
  • Summer Grants (3), Saint Joseph’s University, 2009, 2013, 2017
  • Morris Grant, Saint Joseph’s University, 2012
  • Barry Bloomfield Award, Bibliographical Society (UK), 2012
  • Faculty Merit Award for Research, Saint Joseph’s University, 2011
  • Pantzer New Scholar, Bibliographical Society of America, 2010
  • British Academy/Newberry Library Fellowship (two months), 2009-2010
  • Pforzheimer Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, 2008-9
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Short-Term Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2007-8
  • British Academy/Huntington Fellowship (short term), 2007
  • Archie Grants for Faculty Development, Wake Forest University, 2005 & 2006
  • Participant, NEH Summer Institute, “The Handwritten Worlds of Early Modern England,” Director Steven W. May, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2005