The Editorial Board

To guarantee that Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) maintained the highest editorial standards, and ensure it did justice to the quality of scholarship embodied in the original print editions, we appointed an international editorial board of distinguished scholars, under the leadership of Michael F. Suarez, S.J.

In 2018, six years after OSEO launched, it was decided that the need for a formal editorial board was no longer required, and instead we retain a number of the board as academic advisors. Alongside Editor-in-Chief Michael F. Suarez, S.J., they continue to ensure the highest editorial standards of scholarship.

You can find out more about who our Editorial Board were below, or you can read a letter from our Editor-in-Chief, Michael F. Suarez, S.J.


Classics, Patrick Finglass*, Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek and Head of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Bristol

Medieval, Christopher Cannon*, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and Classics, Johns Hopkins University

Renaissance, Andrew Zurcher, Fellow and Director of Studies in English, Queens’ College, Cambridge

Early seventeenth century, Gordon Campbell, Fellow in Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester

Eighteenth century, Michael F. Suarez, S.J.*, Director of the Rare Book School at University of Virginia

Romantics, Nicholas Halmi, University Lecturer in English Literature of the Romantic period, University College, Oxford

Victorian, Lisa Rodensky, Barbara Morris Caspersen Associate Professor in the Humanities, Wellesley College

Modern, Lesley Higgins, Professor, Department of English, York University, Toronto

Philosophy, Desmond Clarke, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, National University of Ireland, Cork, and member of the Royal Irish Academy

History, John Morrill, Professor of British and Irish History, Selwyn College, Cambridge

Digitalist, Marilyn Deegan, Professor Emerita, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London

*Academic board member retained as an advisor


Patrick Finglass

Patrick Finglass

Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek and Head of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Bristol

Patrick Finglass works on archaic and classical Greek poetry, and is currently writing a Greece and Rome New Survey on Sophocles and (with A. Kelly) co-editing the Cambridge Companion to Sappho. Patrick has published, with Cambridge University Press, editions of Sophocles' Electra (2007), Ajax (2011), and Oedipus the King (2018), of Pindar's Pythian Eleven (2007), and of Stesichorus (2014, with M. Davies), and an edited volume, Stesichorus in Context (2015, with A. Kelly). For Oxford University Press he has co-edited (with C. Collard and N. J. Richardson) the volume Hesperos. Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M. L. West on his Seventieth Birthday (2007). 


Christopher Cannon

Christopher Cannon

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and Classics, Johns Hopkins University

Christopher Cannon is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and Classics, at Johns Hopkins University. He took his BA, MA and PhD at Harvard University, and then taught, successively, at UCLA, Oxford, and Cambridge. His PhD dissertation and first book, The Making of Chaucer’s English (1998) analyzed the origins of Chaucer’s vocabulary and style using an extensive database and purpose-built software to demonstrate that Chaucer owed much more to earlier English writers than had been recognized before. His second book, on early Middle English, The Grounds of English Literature (2004), developed these discoveries by means of a new theory of literary form. Most recently he has written a cultural history of Middle English.


Andrew Zurcher

Andrew Zurcher

Fellow and Director of Studies at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

Andrew Zurcher teaches and researches English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and especially the works of Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and John Milton. In addition to a longstanding research interest in the legal history of the period, he has been particularly concerned with the manuscript and early printed forms in which early modern literary works circulated. He is one of the general editors of the forthcoming OUP edition of the Collected Works of Edmund Spenser, and is contributing to OUP’s new edition of the works of Sir Thomas Browne. He is currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Renaissance Poetry.


Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell, FBA

Fellow in Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester

Gordon Campbell is a Renaissance and seventeenth-century specialist with a particular interest in John Milton and broader Renaissance interests in art, architecture, garden history, legal history, and Biblical studies. He edited various OUP journals for 25 years, and has been involved in the production of digital archives of journals both for OUP and for the English Association. His Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance has been published online, as have his three Grove Encyclopedias (Decorative Arts, Classical Art and Architecture, and Northern Renaissance Art).


Michael Suarez

Michael F. Suarez, S.J.

Editor in Chief, Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

University Professor and Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia

Michael F. Suarez, S.J. has written many articles on various aspects of eighteenth-century English literature, bibliography, and book history. His most recent publication is The Oxford Companion to the Book (OUP, 2010), a million-word reference work, co-edited with H. R. Woudhuysen, on the history of books and manuscripts from the invention of writing to the present day. The Sunday Telegraph in London called it “colossal” and “a paradise for book lovers;” while The Wall Street Journal praised it as “a fount of knowledge where the Internet is but a slot machine.” A Jesuit priest, Michael is co-general editor (with Lesley Higgins) of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (8 volumes, OUP, 2005–13). His 2009 publication, The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume V, 1695-1830 (co-edited with M. L. Turner), was selected as a “book of the year” in the Times Literary Supplement. Among his current projects is Bibliography for Book Historians. Michael has also held research fellowships from The American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and Michael was nominated by President Barack Obama to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities.


Nicholas Halmi

Nicholas Halmi

Professor of English and Comparative Literature at University College, University of Oxford

Nicholas Halmi’s research in Romanticism has included textual scholarship from the beginning of his career, as textual editor of Opus Maximum (vol. 15 of The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 2002), co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Coleridge’s Poetry and Prose (2003), and editor of Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake (vol. 14 of Collected Works of Northrop Frye, 2004) and the forthcoming Norton Critical Edition of Wordsworth’s Poetry and Prose. He is the author of The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol (2007). He served on the Modern Language Edition’s Committee on Scholarly Editions from 2005 to 2009 (2007-9 as co-chair), and has been a member of the editorial board of the online scholarly journal Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net since 1996. He has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for 2015-17 to write a book, History’s Form, which is contracted with OUP.


Lisa Rodensky

Lisa Rodensky

Barbara Morris Caspersen Associate Professor in the Humanities, Wellesley College

Lisa Rodensky has many research interests related to the Victorian period, and specifically the Victorian novel. Her publications include The Crime in Mind: Criminal Responsibility and the Victorian Novel (2003), and Decadent Poetry from Wilde to Naidu (edited volume, 2006). She is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Victorian Novel and is also preparing a monograph that investigates the relation between the novel and reviews.



Lesley Higgins

Lesley Higgins

Professor, Department of English, York University, Toronto

Lesley Higgins’s research and teaching interests include modernist and Victorian literary culture, gender studies and feminist critique, textual studies, and poetry.

She is the author of The Modernist Cult of Ugliness: Aesthetic and Gender Politics (2002) and co-editor of Walter Pater: Transparencies of Desire (2004) and Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts (2010). For Oxford University Press, she is co-general editor of the eight-volume Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Her edition of Hopkins’s Oxford Essays, 1863-1868 appeared in fall 2006; the Diaries and Journals, and the ‘Dublin Notebook’, are forthcoming. Her essays can be found in Southern Review, College Literature, Gender in Joyce, Rethinking Marxism, English Literature in Transition, Victorian Studies, and The Hopkins Quarterly. She is associate editor of The Pater Newsleter.


Desmond Clarke

Desmond Clarke (1942-2016)

Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, National University of Ireland, Cork, and member of the Royal Irish Academy

Desmond Clarke published monographs on early modern philosophy and translations of texts from the same period. These included Descartes’ Theory of Mind (2003) and Descartes: A Biography (2006); translations included Poulain de la Barre: The Equality of the Sexes (1990), Louis de la Forge: Treatise on the Human Mind (1666) (1997), and a two-volume edition of the philosophical works of Descartes. From 1993 until 2016 he was the general editor, with Karl Ameriks, of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy.


John Morrill

John Morrill, FBA

Professor of British and Irish History, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Selwyn College

John Morrill is a prolific author with over 100 publications mainly on the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries and with special interests in state formation, religious ideas, and the nature of the British Revolutions of the 1640s and 1650s. He was the pioneer editor (originally for OUP) of the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History, and he was one of the principal investigators for the 8,000 survivor depositions from the massacres in Ireland in the winter of 1641-2. He has also chaired the editorial board for the multi-volume Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643-1653 (OUP, 2011) and is the editor in chief of a new five-volume edition of all the writings and speeches of Oliver Cromwell (OUP, forthcoming).


Marilyn Deegan

Marilyn Deegan

Professor Emerita, Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College, University of London

Marilyn Deegan has published widely on textual editing and digital imaging. Her book publications include Digital Futures: Strategies for the Information Age (with Simon Tanner, 2002), Digital Preservation (edited volume, with Simon Tanner, 2006), Text Editing, Print and the Digital World (edited volume, with Kathryn Sutherland, 2008), and Transferred Illusions: Digital Technology and the Forms of Print (with Kathryn Sutherland, 2009). She is editor of the journal Literary and Linguistics Computing and has worked on numerous digitization projects in the arts and humanities.