Richard Harp, Ph.D.
Director of Freshman Composition
Richard Harp has served the department of English as chair of the department (six years), director of graduate studies (9 years), and currently as director of freshman composition. His academic specialties include English Renaissance litearture, Irish literature (ancient and modern) and the Bible as literature. He was founding co-editor with Stanley Stewart of UC-Riverside of The Ben Jonson Journal (currently 22 volumes, 1993-2015; published by Edinburgh University Press) whose editorial offices have been at UNLV since its inception in 1992. The Ben Jonson Journal was selected by the Australian National Research Council in 2010 as in the top 25 percent of journals worldwide in all fields. Harp has published seven books and more than 45 articles and presented dozens of conference papers. His foreign visiting academic appointments include a Fulbright-Hays Lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a Visiting Fellow in the Humanities at University College, Galway, Ireland. Active as a mentor of graduate students, he has directed the writing and publication of numerous graduate student scholarly articles. In 2015, he and his graduate student Steven Hrdlicka co-authored a 12,000 word review of the history of the criticism of Othello for the Arden Early Modern Drama Guides. In 2003, he received UNLV's Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award.