Lee MorrisseyLee Morrissey, professor and chair of Clemson University’s English department, has been appointed founding director of the new Clemson University Humanities Hub. The appointment was announced today by Richard Goodstein, dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

“I am thrilled to name Lee Morrissey as the founding director of the Humanities Hub,” Goodstein said. “He has a keen understanding of the critical role of the humanities to the success of a great university like Clemson, and to the lives and careers of every student who passes through our doors. Lee  has the vision and the drive to grow the hub into a meaningful resource for students and faculty at Clemson.”

In its initial form, the hub will serve as a virtual humanities center — sponsoring humanities-based faculty research, facilitating interdisciplinary research efforts, inviting authors and scholars to campus, and representing Clemson humanities to the national and international networks of humanities centers.

As it develops, the new hub will provide greater outreach and service to Clemson students, faculty and the community by linking humanities-based research to teaching and eventually by offering common spaces for the humanities to thrive. In his role as director, Morrissey will be working with all humanities disciplines at Clemson, with University administrators, and with the Humanities Advancement Board, a volunteer advisory group.

“The Clemson Humanities Hub intends to advance the outreach, scholarly, and teaching activities of the humanities, said Morrissey. “In so doing, it hopes to act as a coordinator of campus presentations, an incubator for scholarship, and a steward of humanities pedagogy. We hope to offer historical perspective, cultural awareness, and considerations of value in the creation and application of knowledge.”

Clemson offers:

  • Undergraduate humanities degrees in history, English, language and international health, language and international trade, modern languages, Pan African studies, philosophy, religious studies, women’s leadership and world cinema.
  • Master’s level degrees in English, history and professional communication.
  • A Ph.D. program in rhetorics, communication, and information design.

Lee Morrissey joined the Clemson faculty in 1995 and has been a professor and chair of the department. He was named Alumni Distinguished Professor in 2009 and in 2010 became a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Ireland in Galway, where he taught courses on Milton, literary theory and the literature of the English Civil Wars.

He will continue in his role as chair of the English department.

Morrissey’s research focuses on the history and theory of literary criticism, Restoration and 18th century English literature, the Enlightenment, the early English novel, early democratic political theory, and relationships among the arts. He is the author of two books, “From the Temple to the Castle: An Architectural History of British Literature, 1660-1760” (University of Virginia Press, 1999) and “The Constitution of Literature: Literacy, Democracy, and Early English Literary Criticism” (Stanford, 2008), co-author of “English Literature in Context” (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and editor of “Debating the Canon: A Reader from Addison to Nafisi” (Palgrave, 2005), and “The Kitchen Turns 20: A Retrospective Anthology” (The Kitchen, 1992).

Prior to joining Clemson’s faculty, Morrissey attended Columbia University, where he received masters degrees in English and in history and a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature.