About Jesus College/Our community/ People
Professor Peter Davidson

Roles and subjects

Lecturer in English



Academic Background


I studied for my undergraduate degree at Cambridge, for a postgraduate MA at York, and then doctorate at Cambridge. I have taught at Leiden in Holland, St Andrews, Warwick and Abereen where I was Regius Professor of English and latterly Keeper of the University’s Collections. I look after the art and archive collections at Campion Hall in Oxford, and teach for the English and Art History Faculties.

Undergraduate Teaching

Early Modern, Catholicism after the Reformation, interrelation of the arts, gardens and emblems, internationalism, Scotland.

Postgraduate Teaching

British Catholic culture after the reformation, interrelation of the arts, environmental humanities.

Research Interests

I am general editor for the five volume OUP edition of the complete works of the influential Elizabethan poet, prose writer and Catholic Martyr, St Robert Southwell. My research focuses on British Catholics after the reformation, on exile and on the arts of the International Baroque. As well as the Southwell edition, I am preparing a Collected essays for the press.

I also have an identity as a writer about place and nature: the Idea of North (2005); Distance and Memory (2013); the Last of the Light (2015) and The Lighted Window (forthcoming).

Other Interests

Music, nature, walking my Labrador.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

See also Professor Davidson’s departmental website and Campion Hall website.