Academic Background

Claire Jowitt was appointed Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Schools of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing and History at the University of East Anglia in September 2015. She was Professor at the University of Southampton (2012-15) Nottingham Trent University (2005-12), and Visiting Professor in English at Newman University (2012-19). She is Visiting Professor in History at Southampton University. She has held fellowships at the Folger, Huntington, Clark, and John Carter Brown Libraries and at the National Maritime Museum and the Moore Institute, has received grants from the AHRC, NERC, British Academy, Modern Humanities Research Association, and Leverhulme Trust, and has served on a range of boards, trusts, and councils. Currently she is on the Board of Trustees for the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, a member of the English Association Higher Education Committee and Editor (with Professor Jennifer Richards) of the Association’s monograph series, published by Liverpool University Press (, and she is a member of the Hakluyt Society Council. She has acted as judge for essay prizes and fellowships awarded by the Society for Renaissance Studies, the Hakluyt Society, and the Institute for Historical Research.

Professor Jowitt's research and teaching interests include:

  • Renaissance literature and history
  • the intersections between literature, politics, and power
  • exploration and travel writing
  • gender and race
  • piracy and privateering
  • islands and ports
  • cross-cultural encounters

She would welcome applications from students wishing to work on these topics.

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