A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Lori Anne Ferrell is the John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Claremont Graduate University and has a joint appointment in early modern history and literature. She is also the dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, director of CGU’s Early Modern Studies program, and the director of CGU’s prestigious Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards. Her research concentrates on the effect of religious and political change on early modern texts—theological, literary, theatrical, and practical—in the turbulent century before the outbreak of civil war in Britain.
At CGU, Ferrell advises the concentration in Early Modern Studies. Her courses include the Shakespeare Seminar; classes on Sidney, Spenser, Donne, Milton; early modern theater; book and printing history; and the English Bible; Reformation Europe; Tudor-Stuart British History; Historical Fiction; Post-reformation England; and Colonial America. She studied with L.A.’s repertory Shakespeare company, Theatricum Botanicum, and has introduced aspects of that training into her courses on early modern English theater.
Ferrell is the editor of volume 11 of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (Oxford University Press, 2016), funded by a grant from the Humanities Research Council, UK, and supported with a residential fellowship at All Souls College Oxford.
Her current projects include a co-researched essay (with Lucinda McDade, CGU Botany) on Shakespeare and botany in the Victorian era, initially funded by CGU as a transdisciplinary faculty initiative; a co-authored monograph (with Dympna Callaghan, Syracuse University) on Shakespeare and religious toleration in early modern Britain, initially funded by the Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria, Italy; and a monograph on the Victorian archiving and editing of 16th-century English religious texts, with initial research funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in concert with the Newberry Library, Chicago, and supported with a residential fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Sermons Delivered at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, 1623–1625, Volume 11 of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.
“Revisiting Revisionism: Personalities and the Profession.” Huntington Library Quarterly 78, no. 4 (2015): 571–76.
The Bible and the People. London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.
Co-edited with David Cressy. Religion and Society in Early Modern England: A Sourcebook 2nd Ed. London: Routledge, 2005.
Co-edited with Peter McCullough. The English Sermon Revised: Religion, Literature and History in England, 1600–1750. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 2000.
Government By Polemic: James I, the King’s Preachers, and the Rhetorics of Conformity, 1603–1625. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.
Early Modern Religious Literature
Print History in Early Modern England
The Shakespeare Seminar