At Grinnell College, I am Professor of English, Rosenthal Professor of Humanities, and chair of the concentration in Digital Studies. My scholarship focuses on the literature of Britain, Ireland, and the United States in the decades surrounding 1800. I teach mainly British and Irish literature from Shakespeare to the present, as well as courses in digital humanities and digital studies.

From 2015 to 2018, I was the Principal Investigator for Grinnell of Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, a collaboration between Grinnell and the University of Iowa in the digital liberal arts funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. I was also a co-chair of the committee charged with planning Grinnell’s new Humanities and Social Studies Center (2020).

I grew up in Olean, New York and attended the University of Virginia (BA) and the University of Pennsylvania (MA and PhD) before coming to Grinnell in 2001.

You can contact me by email at simpsone [at] grinnell [dot] edu or by post at Erik Simpson, English Department, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, 50112.