Paul Woolridge is a Lecturer at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he taught writing at Northeastern University. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, an MA from University College, London, and a BA from University of California, Berkeley.
Woolridge's research interests are 20th-century intellectual history and transatlantic literary and cultural studies, with a focus on the history of the essay form, particularly as it relates to the larger social role of the public intellectual.
Woolridge's work has been published in a number of academic journals, including Prose Studies, the Cambridge Quarterly, and American Periodicals. He is currently working on a monograph titled “The Literary Critic as Public Intellectual: Leavis, Trilling, and the Periodical Imagination (1920–1960),” which sketches a cultural history of the critical essay as it took shape in 20th-century letters.
- 20th-century intellectual history
- History of literary criticism and theory
- The essay and essay-film
- Public intellectuals and activist writing
- PhD, English, University of Cambridge
- MA, Comparative Literature, University College, London