Joshua Calhoun is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who specializes in Shakespeare, 16th- & 17th-century poetry, and the history of media. He also teaches occasional courses in the environmental humanities and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
In his teaching and research, he gets to explore three things he loves (and thinks everyone else should consider loving, too): Shakespeare, old books, & nature.
Calhoun grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and is one of those people who cannot live without wild things. When he’s not writing, working with students on campus, or researching in an archival library, he’s out hiking with his daughter or swimming in a brook somewhere far from the madding crowd.
His writing has been published in PMLA, Shakespeare Studies, and Environmental Philosophy. His current project, The Nature of the Page in Renaissance England: Ecology, Poetry, & Papermaking, which explores Renaissance paper and books within their historical ecosystem, is a book about making poetry not just about, but also with nature.
To learn more about his current Public Humanities projects, click on “Wisconsin Idea” above.