Richard Rambuss

Nicholas Brown Professor of Oratory and Belles Lettres
Professor of English

Research Interests

16th- and 17th-century English literature and culture
the metaphysical poets
devotional texts and images
the baroque


Richard Rambuss earned his B.A. at Amherst and Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins. He joined the faculty at Brown in 2011 as Professor of English. He became Chair of the English Department and Nicholas Brown Professor of Oratory and Belles Lettres in 2018.

Rambuss specializes in English Renaissance literature and cultural history. He also teaches and writes about film and photography. His books include The English Poems of Richard Crashaw (University of Minnesota Press, 2014); Closet Devotions (Duke University Press, 1998); and Spenser’s Secret Career (Cambridge University Press, 1993; paperback 2006). He has recently completed a new book on the work of Stanley Kubrick.

Prior to coming to Brown, he taught at Emory University, where he also served as Chair of the English Department. In 2009 he was the Visiting Hudson Strode Professor of Early Modern Studies at the University of Alabama.