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Christopher Wheatley – Ordinary Professor of English


Christopher J. Wheatley is Ordinary Professor of English. He went to Seattle Prep, did his B.A. at the University of Washington, and his M.A. and Ph. D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was awarded a Graduate Student Teaching Award, a Vilas Travel Fellowship, and a University Dissertation Fellowship. Before coming to CUA, he taught Business Communications at the University of Washington, and Freshmen Composition and Introduction to Drama at the University of Tennessee. He has also taught on Fulbright Awards at University College Galway in Ireland (seventeenth and eighteenth-century Irish drama and American drama) and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland (American drama and America culture). He specializes in the history of Drama in English, and Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature. He has published on drama in the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, and twentieth centuries, and on Irish, English, and American drama. He has served as Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies and as Director of Irish Studies. He has also given invited lectures at Yale, Columbia, and Wisconsin, and has received research grants from the Beinecke Library and The British Council. As a teacher he was twice the University's nominee for the U.S. Professors of the year competition, and was given an award by the Undergraduate Student Government for undergraduate advising in 2005.

Chris Wheatley 



Thornton Wilder and Amos Wilder: Writing Religion in Twentieth-Century America. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011,  xi + 226.

"Beneath Iërne's Banners": Irish Protestant Drama of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999, x + 166 pp.

Without God or Reason: The Plays of Thomas Shadwell and Secular Ethics in the Restoration. Bucknell University Press, 1993, 201 pp.

An Old-spelling Anthology of Drama in English from the Middle Ages to the Early Twentieth Century (forthcoming, The Catholic University of America Press) approximately 1005 pages.

Irish Plays of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (scholarly edition), co-edited with Kevin Donovan (Bristol and Tokyo: Thoemmes Press, 2003): vol. 1, xlii + 462; vol. 2, v + 543. 

‘Poland is not yet Lost’: Heroic and Tragic Tales for the Polish Diaspora (Poznan: Adam Mickiewicz University Press, May 2004), photographs by Liz Lynch, 122 pp.

Three volumes in The Dictionary of Literary Biography on twentieth-century America drama

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  • ENG 231 – Survey of English Literature from Beowulf to Johnson
  • ENG 332 – Intensive Drama
  • ENG 370: Eighteenth-Century English Novel
  • ENG 399: Twentieth-Century American Drama
  • ENG 572 – Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Drama


Seattle Preparatory School 1969-1973

University of Washington, B.A. 1974-1978

University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. 1979-1980, Ph.D. 1980-1987


Areas of Expertise

  • History of Drama
  • Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • Rhetorical concerns in literature and philosophy