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Provost Professor of English
Stephen Watt has achieved a distinguished national and international reputation as a scholar of dramatic literature, the Irish literary tradition, and modernism and mass culture. He has published numerous books, editions, articles, chapters, notes, reviews, and acclaimed works, including Postmodern/Drama: Reading the Contemporary Stage (1998), and Beckett and Contemporary Irish Writing (2009), which he received the Robert Rhodes Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies in 2010, as well as the groundbreaking Joyce, O'Casey, and the Irish Popular Theater (1991). His popular book When They Weren't Doing Shakespeare: Essays on Nineteenth-Century British and American Theatre (1989, 2011) is now in its second printing. With support by a fellowship from the Dorot Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Jewish Studies at the Ransom Humanities Center from the University of Texas at Austin, his most current book in progress is Irish Schlemiels: Modernism and the Irish-Jewish Unconscious.
Watt has been acknowledged by many for his pedagogical excellence with multiple teaching awards, as well as individual accolades from students. His ease of explaining difficult material, yet engaging a large group of students or colleagues, has made him a sought after committee chair, member, and lecturer throughout the country during his many years in academia.
Watt has been recognized numerous times for his service and scholarly involvement at Indiana University, as well as throughout the country. He has served as President, Midwest Modern Language Association, 1999-2000; Executive Committee, American Conference for Irish Studies, 1999-2001; and has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collaborative Research Fellowship, 1999; NEH Fellowship (1998-99); and Howard Fellow (Brown University), 1992-93.