About Professor Gordon Campbell

Professor Gordon Campbell MA, DPhil, DLitt, Dr hc, HonDLitt, FBA, FSA, FLS, FRHistS, FRGS, FRAS, HonFEA

Fellow in Renaissance Studies - School of English, University of Leicester.

campbell.jpgProfessor Campbell is a Renaissance and seventeenth-century specialist with broad interests in cultural history, art, architecture, legal history and theology. He has a keen interest in the Islamic world and is an acknowledged expert on John Milton.

Professor Campbell has travelled extensively to teach, discuss and lecture on Milton and many other topics, as well as representing the University of Leicester on many occasions and working closely with the British Council.


His books include The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance (OUP, 2003), Renaissance Art and Architecture (OUP, 2004) and John Milton: Life, Work and Thought (with Thomas Corns, OUP, 2008). He was editor of the two-volume Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts (OUP, 2006) and the three-volume Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art (OUP, 2009) and has also edited volumes of poetry by Andrew Marvell, plays by Ben Jonson and the Random House Vintage Classics edition of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained.

From 1997 to 2009 he was general editor of The Review of English Studies for Clarendon Press and he has sat on the advisory boards of numerous other highly regarded journals and publishing series. He is the author of entries in the Dictionary of National Biography on Milton and nine others.


  • Fellow of the British Academy
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • Honorary Fellow of the English Association
  • Member of the Royal African Society
  • Member of the Selden Society (for English legal history)
  • Former Chairman and President of the English Association
  • Former Chairman of the Society for Renaissance Studies
  • Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America
  • Founding Chair of the British Universities Iraq Consortium (BUIC)
  • Founding Chair of UK4 (now the UK-Saudi Interest Group)

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