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Richard Russell 6.08

Dr. Richard Rankin Russell

Professor of English

Director, Beall Poetry Festival


Modern & Contemporary
British & Irish Literature


Carroll Science, room 206

(254) 710-4815

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. University of North Carolina

M.A. University of North Carolina

M. Phil. University of Glasgow



Seamus Heaney's Regions, under contract with University of Notre Dame Press.

Editor, Bernard MacLaverty:  New Critical Readings, under contract with Bloomsbury/Continuum, for publication in 2014.

Editor, Peter Fallon:  Poet, Publisher, Translator, Editor, Irish Academic Press (Dublin, Ireland and Portland, Oregon) 2013.

Modernity, Community, and Place in Brian Friel’s Drama, under advance contract with Syracuse University Press for its Irish Studies series.  340 ms. pages.

Poetry and Peace:  Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland, 2010.  381 pp.  University of Notre Dame Press.

     Back-cover endorsements by Henry Hart (William and Mary), John Wilson Foster  (University of British Columbia), and Peter McDonald (Oxford University).

     Reviewed favorably by Richard Tillinghast in The New Criterion, May 2011.

     Winner of the South Central Modern Language Association Book Prize, 2011.

     Winner of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Book Prize, 2011.


Bernard MacLaverty. Bucknell University Press, Contemporary Irish Writers Series. 2009. 175 pages.

     Reviewed favorably by Richard Haslam, New Hibernia Review 15.3 (Autumn 2011):  153-55.

     Back cover endorsement by George Watson (Institute for Irish Studies, University of Aberdeen)

Invited Editor of Martin McDonagh: A Casebook. Routledge, Casebooks on Modern Dramatists series, 2007.

     Back cover endorsements by Nicholas Grene (Trinity College, Dublin) and Anthony Roche (University College, Dublin). 181 pages.


Essays on W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel, Eavan Boland, Tom Stoppard, Philip Larkin, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Michael Longley, William Trevor, Derek Mahon, Marina Carr, Stewart Parker, Wilfred Owen, Medbh McGuckian, Barry Unsworth, and others in journals such as Twentieth-Century Literature, Renascence, New Hibernia Review, Journal of Modern Literature, Irish University Review, Modern Drama, and Eire-Ireland.

Referee for PMLA, Studies in the Novel, English Studies, Irish Studies Review, Irish University Review, Papers in Language and Literature, New Hibernia Review, and other journals.


Baylor Centennial Professor, 2012

2012 Lily Fellows Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers: “Teaching Peace and Reconciliation:  Theory and Practice in Northern Ireland.”  Corrymeela Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, July 7-28, 2012

Literature Representative, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2011-2013

National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on W.B. Yeats. Galway, Ireland, July 7-August 1, 2008

Fellow for the National Humanities Center's Summer Seminar in Literary Studies: The King James Bible (with James Wood of Harvard), July 8-13, 2007

2007 Achievement Award for New Scholars in Humanities and Fine Arts from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) for distinguished scholarship published from May, 2000 to April, 2006 by faculty from member institutions.

Outstanding Professor at Baylor, 2003-04.  Awarded for Distinctive Scholarship as an Untenured Faculty Member in the College of Arts and Sciences

University of North Carolina Graduate School Dissertation Research Fellowship to Belfast, Northern Ireland, Spring Semester 2000

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, University of Glasgow, 1994-95