Jeff Dolven teaches poetry and poetics, especially of the English Renaissance. His first book, Scenes of Instruction (2007), considers poetry’s entanglement with schooling at the end of the sixteenth century. His second book, Senses of Style (2017), analyzes literary style in the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. His essays on subjects like Renaissance metrics, Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare’s reading, Fairfield Porter, and player pianos have appeared in the US and UK. A published poet, he serves as an editor-at-large at Cabinet magazine.
Dolven is the Director of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows. He was also the founding director of Princeton’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM). In Spring 2017, he began a three-year term as a Behrman Professor in the Humanities. He directed the Humanities Sequence in 2017-2018. He co-taught the Capstone Seminar, Voice, with Majel Connery in Spring 2019.