Ross Lerner

Assistant Professor, English


  • E-mail: rlerner@oxy.edu
  • Office: Swan 225
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 1:30-3:30 pm and Thursday 11:45 am -12:45 pm
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Education: B.A., Haverford College; M.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University

Ross Lerner received his BA from Haverford College and his MA and PhD from Princeton University. Before joining Occidental, he taught at Princeton University, Haverford College, and prisons in New Jersey. He is the former Academic Coordinator for the humanities and social sciences at Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative.
Ross specializes in medieval and early modern British literature. His first book project, Fanaticism and the Reformation Literature of Self-Annihilation, explores the crisis of religious fanaticism in Reformation Europe and its afterlives in today’s world. He is also at work on a project about punishment and the theological, political, and poetic implications of “civil death” in the late medieval and early modern Atlantic. Other interests include: poetry and poetics, drama, critical theory, religion, American Studies and African American literature, and race and incarceration. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming inThe Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, andKnowing Faith: Literature, Belief, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (ed. Mukherji and Stuart-Buttle).