Shuger, Debora K.

Distinguished Professor

Kaplan 297



Ph.D. Stanford, 1983.



Renaissance/17th Century: Tudor-Stuart literature; early modern religious, political, and legal thought; neo-Latin; censorship



Paratexts of the English Bible, 1525-1611 (2022). Censorship and Cultural Sensibility: The Regulation of Language in Tudor-Stuart England (2006). Political Theologies in Shakespeare’s England (2001), The Renaissance Bible (1994), Habits of Thought in the English Renaissance: Religion, Politics, and the Dominant Culture (1990), Sacred Rhetoric (1988).


Additional Information

Debora Shuger’s interests range across a number of fields: Tudor-Stuart devotional poetry and prose, theology and biblical exegesis, legal history, political thought, rhetoric, life writing (biography, memoirs, diaries, etc.). Under the right circumstances, she also shows interest in gender, sexuality, race, colonialism, Classics, and Shakespeare. Along with the books listed above, she is the editor of Religion in Early Stuart England, 1603-1638 (2012), co-editor of Religion and Culture in Renaissance England (1997) and Religion in Tudor England (2016), and contributed the essay on early Stuart religious literature to the Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature (2002); she has also published articles on Spenser, Shakespeare, Sidney, Milton, Donne, Jonson, Middleton, Harington, rhetoric, hagiography, republicanism, university disputations, Little Gidding, Archbishop Laud, and mirrors. She has been a fellow at the Liguria Study Center, the National Humanities Center, the Huntington Library, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, as well as recipient of Guggenheim, NEH, and UC President’s fellowships. Recent graduate seminars have focused on political theory from antiquity through the late Middle Ages, 17th century life-writing, Neo-Latin colloquies, Elizabethan religious prose, the sacred literature of the Jacobean era, early modern English law, Saint Augustine, and Reformation-era commentaries on Romans.

Interest Areas
• Renaissance & Early Modern Studies