Professor Sir Jonathan Bate CBE FBA FRSL studied English at the University of Cambridge and has become a renowned biographer, critic, broadcaster and scholar, with research interest in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, Romanticism and theatre history.

He has written several books on Shakespeare and been nominated for, and won many literary awards including the acclaimed Hawthornden Prize for Literature, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, and the NAMI (New York) Book Award.

In 2019 Jonathan joined Arizona State University as a Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities in Global Futures Laboratory, the School of Sustainability and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He came from the University of Oxford, where he was Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature. From 2017 to 2019, he was also Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, delivering six public lectures per year at Gresham College in London.

He is also a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature and Honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.