Faculty & Staff

James Ross Macdonald

Assistant Professor of English
A.B., Harvard; Ph.D., Yale


A member of the English department since 2013, Ross studies and teaches sixteenth and seventeenth-century British writers, especially Milton, Jonson, and Spenser. His recent essays include "Calvinist Theology and 'Country Divinity' in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus" (Studies in Philology, 2014), "The Redcrosse Knight and the Limits of Human Holiness" (Spenser Studies, 2015), and "'A Deed without a Name:' Evading Theology in Macbeth," which appeared in Forms of Faith: Literary Form and Religious Conflict in Early Modern England (Manchester University Press, 2017). He also teaches regularly in the interdisciplinary Humanities program and has served on the faculty of the School of Letters.