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Sir Jonathan Bate

Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Distinguished Global Futures Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401

Sir Jonathan Bate joins ASU as a Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities in Global Futures, the School of Sustainability and the College of Liberal Arts. Coming from Oxford University, where he was Provost of Worcester College, Bate is an international leader in green thinking and applied humanities, with scholarly expertise in sustainability as well as in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, Romanticism, biography and life-writing, contemporary poetry, visual culture and theater history. In 2015, he became the youngest person ever to have been knighted for services to literary scholarship.

A renowned Shakespearean and eco-critic, Bate, has been a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge; King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool; Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick; Gresham Professor of Rhetoric in the City of London; and Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, where he has retained a Senior Research Fellowship. He has held visiting posts at Yale and UCLA. He is a Fellow and former Vice-President of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).


BA, MA, PhD Cambridge University; Harkness Fellow, Harvard University





His many books include: "The Genius of Shakespeare," described by RSC founder Sir Peter Hall as “the best modern book on Shakespeare;” a biography of the poet John Clare, which won Britain’s two oldest literary awards; "Soul of the Age," an intellectual life of Shakespeare; biographies of William Wordsworth and, in parallel, John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald; and "The Song of the Earth," a pioneering book on poetry and the environment. He co-curated Shakespeare Staging the World, for the British Museum. He is also author of a novel, "The Cure for Love" and the hit one-man play for Simon Callow, "Being Shakespeare." 

Full list of Books:

  • Bate, J. 2021. Bright Star, Green Light: The Beautiful Works and Damned Lives of John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald. HarperCollins. London, UK. 9780008424978.
  • Bate, J. 2020. Radical Wordsworth: The Poet who changed the World. Yale University Press. New Haven, CT. ISBN: 9780300169645.
  • Bate, J. 2019. How the Classics Made Shakespeare. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ. ISBN: 9780691161600.
  • Bate, J. ed. 2018. Titus Andronicus: Revised Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. ISBN: 978-1350030916.
  • Bate, J. 2015. Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life. Harper Collins. Great Britain. ISBN: 978-0062362438.
  • Bate, J. 2013. Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition. Routledge, first published in 1991. ISBN: 978-0415856591.
  • Bate, J. and D. Thornton. 2012. Shakespeare Staging the World. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199915019.
  • Bate, J. ed. 2011. The Public Value of the Humanities. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 978-1849660624.
  • Bate, J. 2010. English Literature: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199569267.
  • Bate, J. 2009. Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare. Random House. ISBN: 978-1400062065.
  • Bate, J. and E. Rasmussen. 2007. The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. Red Globe Press. ISBN: 978-0230200951.
  • Bate, J. 2003. John Clare: A Biography. Farrar, Staus and Giroux. ISBN: 978-0374179908.
  • Bate, J. 2002. The Song of the Earth. Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674008182.
  • Bate, J. 1998. The Genius of Shakespeare. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0330371010.
  • Bate, J. ed. 1995. The Arden Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus. Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare. ISBN: 978-1903436059.
  • Bate, J. 1993. Shakespeare and Ovid. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0198129547.
  • Bate, J. 1989. Shakespearean Constitutions : Politics, Theater, Criticism, 1730-1830. Clarendon Press. ISBN: 9780198117490.
  • Bate, J. 1986. Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0198128489.
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 350Studies in Lit Hist&Traditions
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 484Internship
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 321Shakespeare
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 484Internship
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability

Sir Jonathan teaches SOS 320: Society and Sustainability and ENG321: Shakespeare.

Honors / Awards: 

Knighted for services to literary scholarship; CBE for services to higher education; Fellow of the British Academy; Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; Hawthornden Prize for Literature; James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography; Biographers International Award; NAMI (New York) Book Award.



General Editor, the Oxford English Literary History


Frequent broadcaster for BBC and PBS. Contributor to New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, London Times.