My Story

Colleagues call me a scholar, and that makes me uneasy. Yes, I publish scholarly writings; I served as lecturer, advisor, and scholar-in-residence for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; I participated in five thought-provoking National Endowment for the Humanities programs; I contribute to the inter-institutional Sunoikisis Program at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies. All such activity is scholarly, I guess, and it relates to who I am. But I am not a scholar. I am a teacher. I regard teaching as my vocation. For over forty years, I have committed myself to serving students by requiring that they engage ideas with critical intelligence and imaginative reach, that they respond to human issues with full sympathy yet tough-minded honesty, and, above all, that they remain conscious that the privilege of enjoying knowledge carries with it the responsibility of making such knowledge useful to others. A demanding life, mine. A good life, too.

David J. Bradshaw
Forest canopy


  • A.B. in English, Bowdoin College (summa cum laude)
  • M.A. in English Literature, Yale University
  • M.Phil. in English Literature, Yale University
  • Ph.D. in English Literature, Yale University

Research Interests

  • Classical literature
  • Milton
  • Nineteenth-century literature and culture

Courses Taught

  • ENG 1550: Introduction to Poetry
  • ENG 2150: Epic-Heroic Mode
  • ENG 3380: Literature and Culture of the Victorian Period

Crews and Other Activities

  • Supervisor of the English Research Assistant Crew
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships for teaching and scholarship recipient
  • Senior member of The Victorians Institute

Contact Dr. Bradshaw

828 771 3719
Jensen 206
WWC CPO 6068

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000