Professor Geoffrey Ward is Principal of Homerton College, Cambridge, after a distinguished academic career, during which he lectured in English at the University of Liverpool, then took up a Chair and Headship of Department at the University of Dundee. His first book Statutes of Liberty: The New York School of Poets (1993: new edition, 2001) was succeeded by other books and articles including The Writing of America: Literature and Cultural Identity from the Puritans to the Present (Polity, 2002), which he researched during a year spent in the USA as a Fellow of the Leverhulme Foundation. In 2002, he was made a Deputy Principal at Dundee, leaving four years later to serve as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and then Vice Principal at Royal Holloway, University of London, before coming to Homerton as Principal in 2013.
In addition to his scholarly work, he has written and presented occasional broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 on American writers, most recently on David Foster Wallace. His published poetry includes Worry Dream (2013) and his first novel You’re Not Dead, the first of The Midnight Books, was published in 2016 by Garn Press, New York. He is a life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.