Professor Nicholas McDowell


Nicholas McDowell was born and brought up in Belfast, where he was educated at a city-centre grammar school, The Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He left Northern Ireland to read English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating with a first-class BA degree and the title of Scholar in 1994. He then moved to Oriel College, Oxford, to complete M.Phil. (1996) and D.Phil. degrees (2000).

In 1998 he was elected to a stipendiary Research Fellowship of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He left this post in 2000 to take up a lectureship in the Department of English at the University of Exeter, where he has since been Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor. He was promoted to a Personal Chair in 2012. 

He has held visiting interdisciplinary research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2009-10), where he was the Herodotus Fund Member of the School of Historical Studies, and the Centre for Research into the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge (2010-11), where he was a 'Future University' Visiting Fellow and also a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College.