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Faculty and Staff

Festa, Thomas

Ph.D., Columbia

Assoc Prof/Grad Dir

Department: English
Office: JFT 720
Phone: (845) 257-2726

Research/Creative Activity

Thomas Festa specializes in Milton and early modern literature more broadly, and is especially interested in intellectual history, literary theory, and the epic tradition.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Scholarship Award, SUNY New Paltz, 2013
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women Award for Best Teaching Edition, 2013
John Donne Society Award for Distinguished Publication, 2009
William Tyndale Prize, 2004


He is the author of The End of Learning: Milton and Education (New York and London: Routledge, 2006) and co-editor of Early Modern Women on the Fall: An Anthology (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012).