Dr. James S. Baumlin



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD (1983), Brown University
  • BA (1977), Georgetown University


  • Course work in early English literature
  • History of rhetoric
  • Critical theory
  • Research methods
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Writing about literature
  • Varieties of composition

Research and professional interests

I have published extensively in Seventeenth Century English literature (Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton) and in the history of rhetoric (classical, Renaissance, and modern). I have also published widely in critical theories (classical and contemporary), composition studies, and writing pedagogy. My recent editorship of Moon City Press (sponsored by the Missouri State Department of English) has made Ozarks history, literature, and culture an additional research interest.

Awards and honors

In addition to the six Missouri State (two College, two University, and two Foundation) awards that I have won in teaching, research, and service, I have won two national awards for scholarship:

  • 2006 Albert W. Fields Award, presented to the best essay published in Explorations in Renaissance Culture, a biennial journal of the South-Central Renaissance Conference, May 2007
  • Excellence in English Award, presented by The English-Speaking Union of the United States (H.R.H. Prince Philip presiding), March 1989