Professor; Department Chair
Humanities Building 215-D
(205) 934-4250

Research and Teaching Interests: English Renaissance Poetry and Prose, Milton, Reformation Studies, Literature and Law

Alison Chapman. Office Hours: M/W/F 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

  • BA, Davidson College
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, English Renaissance Literature

Alison Chapman came to UAB in 2000 as an Assistant Professor and has served in the department as Undergraduate Director and more recently as department Chair. Her focus is on English Renaissance literature, and she regularly teaches courses on Milton, Shakespeare, and Renaissance poetry. She has a particular commitment to helping students develop their writing skills. She has published one book on the literature of the Protestant Reformation and has articles in journals such as Shakespeare Quarterly, Modern Philology, Renaissance Quarterly, and Milton Studies. She has recently completed a second book on John Milton’s Paradise Lost and its connections to early modern English legal developments, and she has several smaller projects in process on literature and law.

  • Milton
  • Renaissance Poetry and Prose
  • Shakespeare
  • Reading, Writing, and Research for the English Major
  • English Capstone Seminar
Articles and Other Works:
  • “Milton and Legal Reform,” Renaissance Quarterly 69 (2016):529-65.
  • “Satan’s Pardon: The Forms of Judicial Mercy in Paradise Lost,” Milton Studies 55 (2014):177-206.
  • “Lucrece’s Time,” Shakespeare Quarterly 64 (2013): 165-87.
  • “Marking Time: Astrology, Almanacs, and English Protestantism,” Renaissance Quarterly 60 (2008):1257-90.
  • “The Paradise Within,” a creative non-fiction essay about an Alabama prison hospice program, pms: poemmemoirstory 13 (2014):43-56.
  • “Milton’s Captive Audience: Teaching Paradise Lost in the Maximum Security Prison,” pms: poemmemoirstory 9 (2009):49-61. Named in the “New and Notable” section of Best American Essays, 2010, Christopher Hitchens, ed. (Mariner, 2010).
  • Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award, 2016
  • National Association of Academic Advisors, Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 2014
  • UAB Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, 2014
  • UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010