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Dr Alexander Samson
Tel: 02076797121
  • Reader in Early Modern Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Head of Department

Educated at the Universities of Leeds, Sussex and Queen Mary, Alexander Samson joined UCL in 2002 as a Lecturer in Golden Age Literature following Research Fellowships at the Universities of St Andrews and Warwick. He is now a Reader in Early Modern Studies and Associate Dean for Education in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Research Summary

Alexander Samson is a Reader in Early Modern Studies at University College London. His research interests include the early colonial history of the Americas, Anglo-Spanish intercultural interactions and early modern English and Spanish drama. He has edited volumes on The Spanish Match: Prince Charles’s Journey to Madrid, 1623 (Ashgate, 2006), with Jonathan Thacker A Companion to Lope de Vega (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2008) and Locus Amoenus: Gardens and Horitculture in the Renaissance, a monographic Special Issue of Renaisance Studies (2012), as well as having published articles on the marriage of Philip II and Mary Tudor, historiography and royal chroniclers in 16th century Spain, English travel writers, firearms, maps, John Fletcher and Cervantes, and female Golden Age dramatists. His book Mary and Philip: the Marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain is forthcoming with Manchester University Press while editions of Lope de Vega’s Lo fingido verdadero also with Manchester and James Mabbe’s Exemplary Novels with Modern Humanities Research Assocation are in progress. He runs the Golden Age and Renaissance Research Seminar and is director of UCL’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges and the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters.

Teaching Summary

I lecture on the literature, culture and history of early modern Spain and Latin America, offering courses at the moment on early modern Spanish drama (SPAN0057: Play, Players and Playing in Early Modern Spain), the works of Cervantes (SPAN0038: Cervantes and His World: Fiction, Empire and Subject), the early history of Europeans in the Americas (SPAN0056: New World Encounters: Latin America 1492 – 1700) as well as contributing sessions on the picaresque to the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies’ core course (SPAN0015: Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Studies). At Masters level, I offer options on sexuality and gender in historical perspective (SPAN0068: Sex and the Body in Early Modern Europe) and the age of empire (SPAN0067: Global Empires of the Iberian World, 1492 – 1750).

Academic Background
1993 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – English and Philosophy University of Leeds
  CLTHE_1 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Modern History 1500-1599 Queen Mary College, University of London
1995 MA Master of Arts – Renaissance Literature University of Sussex
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