Sir Jonathan Bate

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Distinguished Global Futures Scholar
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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. He has written twenty books, many of which have won major prizes. 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




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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; prize-winning biographies of the poets Ted Hughes and William Wordsworth; an "in parallel" study of John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald; and Romantic Ecology and The Song of the Earth, pioneering book on poetry and the environment. He co-curated Shakespeare Staging the World, for the British Museum as part of the cultural festival during the London 2012 Olympics. He is also author of The Cure for Love, a novel inspired by the life of William Hazlitt, and the hit one-man play for Simon Callow, Being Shakespeare, which premiered on the Edinburgh Fringe prior to three runs in London's West End and transfers to New York, Chicago and Trieste.

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. 2017. The Shepherd's Hut: Poems. Unbound. ISBN: 978-1783524297.
  • Bate, J. 2016. The Genius of Shakespeare. Picador Classic edition. ISBN: 978-1509822564.
  • Bate, J. and P. Byrne, S. Ratcliffe, A. Schuman. ed. 2016. Stressed Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind. William Collins. 978-0008164508.
  • Bate, J. 2015. Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life. HarperCollins (London, new York & Sydney). ISBN: 978-0062362438.
  • Bate, J. 2013. Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition. Routledge, first published in 1991. ISBN: 978-0415856591.
  • Bate J. and E. Rasmussen. ed. 2013. The RSC Shakespeare: Collaborative Plays by Shakespeare and Others. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1137271440.
  • Bate, J. and D. Thornton. 2012. Shakespeare Staging the World. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199915019.
  • Bate, J. and D. Thornton. 2012. Shakespeare's Britain. British Museum Press. ISBN: 978-0714128269.
  • Bate, J. and S. Callow. 2012. Being Shakespeare. Illuminations, Act Productions & Sky Arts. DVD: 5-060291-820058.
  • 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. Modern Library & Red Globe Press. ISBN: 978-0230200951. Individual Works, with extra editorial material, published in 34 volumes. 2008-2012.
  • Bate, J. ed. 2004. John Clare: Selected Poems. Faber and Faber. ISBN: 0571-223710.
  • Bate, J. 2003. John Clare: A Biography. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN: 978-0374179908.
  • Bate, J. 2002. The Song of the Earth. Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674008182.
  • Bate J. and R. Jackson ed. 2001.The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage. Oxford University Press, first published in 1996 as Shakespeare: An Illustrated Stage History. ISBN: 019-2802135.
  • Bate, J. 1998. The Cure for Love. Picador. ISBN: 0330-347322.
  • Bate, J. 1997. 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. ed. 1992. The Romantics on Shakespeare. Penguin Books. ISBN: 013-0530215.
  • Bate, J. 1989. Shakespearean Constitutions : Politics, Theater, Criticism, 1730-1830. Clarendon Press. ISBN: 9780198117490.
  • Bate, J. ed. 1987. Charles Lamb: Elia & The Last Essays of Elia. Oxford World's Classics. ISBN: 019-2817647.
  • Bate, J. 1986. Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0198128489.


Summer 2022
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SOS 484 Internship
Spring 2022
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SOS 320 Society and Sustainability
Fall 2021
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ENG 350 Studies in Lit Hist&Traditions
Summer 2021
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SOS 484 Internship
Spring 2021
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SOS 320 Society and Sustainability
Fall 2020
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ENG 321 Shakespeare
Summer 2020
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SOS 484 Internship
Spring 2020
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SOS 320 Society and Sustainability


Sir Jonathan teaches SOS 320: Society and Sustainability, ENG350: Poetry and Environment and ENG321: Shakespeare.


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; Bookends Prize for Literature.



General Editor, the Royal Shakespeare Company Complete Works Edition

General Editor, the Oxford English Literary History

Professional Associations

Shakespeare Association of America

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment

Fellow of the British Academy

Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature


Frequent broadcaster for BBC and PBS. Contributor to New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, London Times. Public Humanities outreach with Mayo Clinic and other healthcare facilities. Trustee, Hawthornden Literary Retreat. Chair of Board and chief consultant, The ReLit Foundation, a 501(c)3 dedicated to reading for wellbeing.

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