John S. Russell
Professor of English
Degrees: PHD, 1978, Johns Hopkins Univ; MA, 1975, Johns Hopkins Univ; BA, 1973, Johns Hopkins Univ
J. Stephen Russell has been a member the Hofstra English Department since 1983, except for the period 2000-2007, when he helped establish and then served as the first Dean of Hofstra University Honors College. A native of Baltimore, he received BA, MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to coming to Hofstra, he had teaching experience at Towson State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. His specialization is medieval culture, especially Middle English literature, philosophy, and music. Two of his four books deal with medieval English poetry, most recently Chaucer and the Trivium: The Mindsong of the Canterbury Tales, 1998. He is also the author of numerous articles and reviews on writers including Augustine of Hippo, Dante, Langland, the Pearl-Poet, Thomas More, John Skelton and others and serves a reader for Notre Dame University Press, the University Presses of Florida, Christianity and Literature, Exemplaria, and others.