Rebecca W. Bushnell is a scholar of early modern English literature, culture, and history, as well as an expert on the literary genre of tragedy. She is a professor of English who has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania since 1982. She is also a member of the graduate groups in comparative literature and history. Professor Bushnell was appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor in January 2005.
Professor Bushnell's books include Prophesying Tragedy: Sign and Voice in Sophocles’ Theban Plays, Tragedies of Tyrants: Political Thought and Theater in the English Renaissance, A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism in Theory and Practice, Green Desire: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens, A Companion to Tragedy, and Tragedy: A Short Introduction. She has received grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is also a recipient of the University’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Professor Bushnell holds an M.A. in English literature from Bryn Mawr and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton.