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Sir Jonathan Bate

Sir Jonathan Bate

Regents Professor, College of Global Futures

Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
Arizona State University
PO Box 871401
Tempe, AZ 85287-1401


  • Distinguished Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Regents Professor, College of Global Futures
  • Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures


Sir Jonathan Bate joined ASU in 2019 as Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities in Global Futures, the School of Sustainability and the College of Liberal Arts. Coming from Oxford University, where he was Provost of Worcester College, Bate is an international leader in green thinking and applied humanities, with scholarly expertise in sustainability as well as in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, Romanticism, biography and life-writing, contemporary poetry, visual culture and theater history. He has written twenty books, many of which have won major prizes. In 2015, he became the youngest person ever to have been knighted for services to literary scholarship.

A renowned Shakespearean and eco-critic, Bate, has been a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge; King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool; Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick; Gresham Professor of Rhetoric in the City of London; and Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, where he has retained a Senior Research Fellowship. He has held visiting posts at Yale and UCLA. He is a Fellow and former Vice-President of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

External Links



Bate, J. 2019. How the Classics Made Shakespeare. Princeton University Press. Princeton, NJ. ISBN: 9780691161600.


Bate, J. ed. 2018. Titus Andronicus: Revised Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. ISBN: 978-1350030916.


Bate, J. 2015. Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life. Harper Collins. Great Britain. ISBN: 978-0062362438.


Bate, J. 2013. Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition. Routledge, first published in 1991. ISBN: 978-0415856591.


Bate, J. and D. Thorton. 2012. Shakespeare Staging the World. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199915019.


Bate, J. ed. 2011. The Public Value of the Humanities. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 978-1849660624.


Bate, J. 2010. English Literature: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199569267.


Bate, J. 2009. Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare. Random House. ISBN: 978-1400062065.


Bate, J. and E. Rasmussen. 2007. The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. Red Globe Press. ISBN: 978-0230200951.


Bate, J. 2003. John Clare: A Biography. Farrar, Staus and Giroux. ISBN: 978-0374179908.


Bate, J. 2002. The Song of the Earth. Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674008182.


Bate, J. 1998. The Genius of Shakespeare. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0330371010.


Bate, J. ed. 1995. The Arden Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus. Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare. ISBN: 978-1903436059.


Bate, J. 1993. Shakespeare and Ovid. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0198129547.


Bate, J. 1989. Shakespearean Constitutions : Politics, Theater, Criticism, 1730-1830. Clarendon Press. ISBN: 9780198117490.


Bate, J. 1986. Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0198128489.

Book Chapters


Bate, J. 2011. Introduction. Pp. 1-16 In: Bate, J. ed., The Public Value of the Humanities. ISBN: 978-1849660624.

Bate, J. 2011. The use and abuse of national history and the national poet. Pp. 56-67 In: Bate, J. ed., The Public Value of the Humanities. Bloomsbury Academinc. London. ISBN: 978-1849660624.