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Stefan Collini

College positions:
Emeritus Fellow
Intellectual History and English Literature
Faculty of English
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Professor Stefan Collini

Stefan Collini is Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History and English Literature in the Faculty of English. He was educated at Cambridge and Yale.

Following a Research Fellowship at St John’s College, Cambridge, he was Lecturer and then Reader in Intellectual History at the University of Sussex from 1974-1986, and thereafter successively Lecturer, Reader, and Professor at Cambridge until 2014. He has published widely on British literary and intellectual history from the mid-nineteenth century to present.

Books include Public Moralists (1991), Matthew Arnold: A Critical Portrait (1994), English Pasts (1999), Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain (2006), Common Reading (2008), Common Writing (2016), and The Nostalgic Imagination (2019). He has also written critical and polemical works on higher education policy and the contemporary state of universities, notably What Are Universities For? (2012), and Speaking of Universities (2017). In addition, he is a frequent contributor, to The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, the Guardian, and other publications.