W. Gardner Campbell

W. Gardner Campbell, PhD

Associate Professor

Anderson House, 913 W. Franklin St., room 205

Early Modern

Film, New Media, Theory


  • PhD in English, University of Virginia
  • MA in English, University of Virginia
  • BA in English, Wake Forest University

Research Interests

  • Early Modern English literature
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Internet Studies/New Media Studies
  • Teaching and Learning Technologies

Select Publications

  • Surprised by Sin and Incommensurability.” Special issue dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the publication of Stanley Fish’s Surprised By Sin. Milton Quarterly, 52: 333-348. First published May, 2019. doi:10.1111/milt.12269
  • “Learning, Love, and the Freedom of the Double Bind.” Scholarly Milton, ed. Thomas Festa and Kevin J. Donovan (Clemson, South Carolina: Clemson University Press in association with Liverpool University Press, 2019), 107-122.
  • “The Enfolded Sublime of Incarnate Immortality.” Immortality and the Body in the Age of Milton, ed. John Rumrich and Steven Fallon (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 23-38.
  • “Temptation.” The Cambridge Companion to Paradise Lost, ed. Louis Schwartz (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 164-178.
  • “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure,” in Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching, ed. Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt . Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2013. Anthologized from original publication in EDUCAUSE Review.
  • Google Scholar


  • Milton Society of America (life member)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Doug Engelbart Institute


  • ENGL 403: Milton
  • ENGL 445: Form and Theory of Poetry
  • ENGL 250: Reading Film
  • ENGL 325: Early Modern Literature
  • ENGL 385: Fiction into Film


  • Campus Technology Innovators Award, "The Great VCU Bike Race Book," Teaching and Learning Division, 2016 
  • Distinguished Instructor and Curriculum Co-Designer, “Connected Courses” Initiative, MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Research Hub (summer and fall, 2014)
  • “Top 50 Innovators in Education,” Center for Digital Education/Converge, 2012 
  • FOO (Friends of O’Reilly) Camp participant, O’Reilly Media, 2012
  • Senior Fellow, Honors Residential College, Virginia Tech 2011-2013