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faculty photo imageRoger Porter

Emeritus Professor of English and Humanities
English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Roger Porter is Emeritus Professor of English. He joined the faculty in 1961, and retired in 2015, though he’s continued to teach an emeritus course in literature. His research interests have centered on the criticism of autobiography, memoir, and life-writing, and he has written three books on the subject: The Voice Within (Knopf), Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflections (Nebraska), and Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers (Cornell). He has published extensively in major academic journals. His teaching at Reed has centered on Shakespeare, non-fictional prose, modern novels, drama, autobiography, and Humanities 110 and 220. He has had Fulbright Fellowships to teach in Hong Kong and Greece, and has taught at the American University of Paris, the University of Versailles, and in Egypt, as well as lecturing in over 20 countries; and has been a guest professor at Emory University and SUNY Buffalo. He and Emeritus Professor of Physics Robert Reynolds edited the volume Thinking Reed for the college’s 100th anniversary. Porter has also been a food writer and restaurant critic, earning a James Beard nomination for distinguished restaurant criticism, and recently co-edited with Sandra Gilbert Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing (Norton). He has a BA from Amherst College and a PhD from Yale University.


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