Paul Woolridge

Paul Andrew Woolridge
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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.

Research Interests

  • 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