Robert P. Ward

Robert P. Ward
Visiting Lecturer in English
Office: 70 Brown St., Rm. 206
Phone: (401) 863-3727


Ph.D.  American literature, University of Leeds, England, 2001

M.A. American literature, University of Leeds, 1996

B.A. Humanities (English), University of Glamorgan, Wales, 1994

Research Interests

The theory and practice of academic and non-fiction writing; American and Welsh literature; intellectual communities, including the Transcendentalists, Black Mountain College, the Proletarian School, the Chicago School of Sociology; Bolton's Whitman Society, the Beats, prison writing; memoir; walking in cities; poetry.

Professional Accomplishments

Robert has published two books: Understanding James Leo Herlihy (University of South Carolina Press, 2012) and the edited volume Nelson Algren: A Collection of Critical Essays (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007). He has also published essays in The Idea of the City (Cambridge Scholars), The Anacronist: Journal of English and American Studies (Eötvös Loránd University), EAPSU: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work, (Pennsylvania State University) the Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era (Routledge), and Lifewriting Annual: Biographical and Autobiographical Studies (AMS Press). Conference talks include the Literature of Tramps and Beggars (Groningen, the Netherlands), the Noise of History (Swansea, Wales), the Idea of the City (Northampton, England) and Reviewing Black Mountain College (Asheville, USA). He organized the first international conference on Nelson Algren, which took place at the University of Leeds in 2000. He has received grants from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, the University of Cumbria, and the American Embassy in London.