Profile: Jack Lynch

Professor and Chairperson

Department of English


Jack Lynch is a professor of English at Rutgers University and a Johnson scholar, having studied the great lexicographer for nearly a decade. He is the author of The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson (Cambridge University Press) and the editor of A Bibliography of Johnsonian Studies, 1986-1998. He has also written journal articles and scholarly reviews addressing Johnson and the eighteenth century.

  • Associated Programs

    Liberal Studies

  • Courses Taught

    Eighteenth-century literature, the art of satire, the early novel, and the history of the language.

  • Education

    BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1989

    PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1998

  • Publications

    Becoming Shakespeare, The Lexicographer's Dilemma, Deception and Detection in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Samuel Johnson in Context.

  • Subjects Taught

    Eighteenth-century literature and culture; Samuel Johnson; forgery, fakery, and fraud; Shakespeare reception; history of the language.

  • Awards

    2007–8:    Faculty Scholar–Teacher Award, Rutgers University.
    2004–5:    Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Rutgers University.
    2004–5:    David Hosford Scholarship, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.