Professor John M L Drew

Professor of English Literature, Head of the English Department

Dr John M L Drew, Senior Lecturer in the University of Buckingham's English Department, 6th best in the UK

John Drew joined the Department as a lecturer in 1998, after a period of teaching as a Visiting Lecturer in the northern Spanish University of León. He was promoted to a personal chair in 2011 and became Dean of Arts and Languages in 2014, followed by Dean of Humanities (2015-2018). He is currently Head of the English Department, Humanities Research Officer, and Deputy Chair of the REF21 Steering  Group.


  • MA (BA) Hons, English Literature (Trinity, Oxford)
  • PhD English Literature (Birkbeck, London)

Teaching Expertise

Professor Drew has taught widely across all levels of the undergraduate programme; he is currently responsible for the 1st-year modules ‘Eras of English’ and ‘Literary Journalism, 1642-present’, and 2nd-year courses in ‘Restoration & Augustan Literature’, contributing also to ‘Fiction and Theory’, ‘Renaissance Literature’ and Foundation courses in English Language.

Research Interests

These include 19th-century print culture, the Victorian miscellany, and in particular the journalistic work of Dickens and his contemporaries. Professor Drew directs the international research project Dickens Journals Online, which is centred around open access digital editions of two mid-century periodicals, Household Words and All the Year Round.

External Roles

  • Visiting Fellow, the School of English and Creative Arts, University of Northampton
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Charles Dickens (Oxford University Press)
  • International review, ARC (Australian Research Council)
  • Regular reviewer for The Dickensian, Dickens Quarterly
  • Peer reviews for a range of academic journals

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