Emily Ransom

Emily Ransom

Assistant Professor

TH 393

A country girl from North Carolina, Emily Ransom is a Renaissance scholar in both senses of the term. Her previous research has focused on Renaissance devotional complaint poetry, both English and continental, in addition to Thomas More and Northern Humanism, Reformation theology, Catholic recusant literature, constructions of English nationalism (especially in Spenser and Old English antiquarianism), the history of the emotions, theodicy, genre theory, print culture, and Milton’s biblical poetics. Her teaching interests go beyond Renaissance and medieval literature, however; having studied language and literature in Ireland, England, and Italy, and having family in France, China, and India, she values cross-cultural dialogue, study abroad, and community service, especially when they can be done in tandem. An artist at heart, she also emphasizes both academic and creative writing, encouraging students to join the literary conversation after learning to listen to it.


  • "The New Notborune Mayd Vpon the Passion of Cryste: The Nutbrown Maid Converted." English Literary Renaissance 45.1 (2015), 3–31.
  • Voted the best work published in ELR in 2015 by the international board of editors
  • "Digesting Job in Paradise Lost." Studies in Philology 111.1 (2014): 110–31.
  • "Opposing Tyranny with Style: More, Lucian, and Classical Rhetorical Theory." Moreana 50 (2013), 159–86.
  • "The Intersection of Poetry and Politics in More’s Epigrammata." Moreana 47 (2010), 219–34.
  • Co-translator: Aelred of Rievaulx. Lincoln Sermons. Edited by Ann Astell and Joseph Wawrykow. Cistercian Publications. Forthcoming.
  • "Introduction: Education as Conversion." In "Rethinking the Bible as Literature: A Pedagogical Forum," edited by Emily A. Ransom with Peter Hawkins, 170–75. Religion and Literature 47.1 (Spring, 2015), 169–241.
  • "So Great a Cloud of Witnesses," co-authored with Jacob Riyeff. Notre Dame Magazine (Winter, 2014).
  • "An tSíocháin (a sestina)." Dappled Things: a quarterly of ideas, art, & faith (Summer, 2012).

Fellowships and Grants

  • Center for Thomas More Studies Research Fellow – 2016–present
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship – 2015–2016
  • Calihan Fellow, Acton Institute – 2012

Professional Service

  • RSA representative for the International Association for Thomas More Studies, 2016–present
  • Website administrator for the Religion and Literature Syllabus Archive, 2013–present
  • Peer reviewer for Religion and Literature and Jesuit Studies
  • Managing editor for Religion and Literature, 2012–2013
  • Professional copy-editor for Vatican Chapels, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, and Bayland Scientific
  • Cataloguing of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart reliquary chapel at Notre Dame


University of Notre Dame, Indiana – PhD 2016, North Carolina State University, Raleigh – MA 2009, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – BA 2005, Paideia Institute, Rome – Latin conversation, 2012, National University of Ireland, Galway – Irish, 2011, University College Cork, Ireland – Latin and Greek, 2008, 2009, Folger Institute, Washington, DC – history of the book, 2009