Front Quad of Lincoln College, the walls covered in bright green ivy

Professor Peter McCullough

Professor Peter McCullough

  • Sohmer Fellow in English Renaissance Literature
  • Garden Master
  • Anti-Racism Advocate


I was educated in the California state system, including for my first degree (BA) in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After my doctorate at Princeton University, I came to Oxford as a post-doctoral Junior Research Fellow in English at Trinity College. I have been Fellow in English at Lincoln, with a joint-appointment in the Oxford English Faculty, since 1997.

College teaching

I teach the core papers covering the long ‘early modern’ period of English literature: 1550 – 1660, 1660 – 1760, and Shakespeare. In addition, I supervise final-year independent theses on topics within that chronological range. In all of my teaching I encourage the interpretation of the formal, artistic aspects of literature through careful attention to historical contexts such as language, rhetoric, politics, and religion.


Like my teaching, my research approaches early modern literature through its historical contexts. I am particularly interested in the influence on literature of religious change in the period following the Reformation. I am a leading expert on the sermons and other religious writing of John Donne and Lancelot Andrewes, and on the biography and social history of religious authors and institutions in their period.

Select publications

General Editor, The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, 16 vols. (2015 - ).

‘"Avant-Garde Conformity" in the 1590s’, in Anthony Milton, ed., The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol. I: Reformation and Identity c. 1520-1662 (2017)

‘Music Reconciled to Preaching’, in Alec Ryrie and Natalie Mears, eds., Worship and the Parish Church in Early Modern Britain (2012)

Editor, Lancelot Andrewes: Selected Sermons and Lectures (2005)

Sermons at Court: Politics and Religion in Elizabethan and Jacobean Preaching (1998)