Paul Westover

Associate Professor, English

4149 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I have taught over thirty distinct courses since coming to BYU—some just once, others many times. I have also worked with dozens of great RAs, TAs, and graduate students. How to sum up? I’ll just say, for now, that I love creating opportunities for archive-driven experiential learning.


I’m a Romanticist and literary tourist. Most of my research relates in some way to British literary heritage, literary geography, and/or the Wordsworth Circle. However, I’m also co-editor of a volume on transatlantic literary culture. My interest in the reception of British Romantic literature includes the broader Anglophone world, especially North America.

Selected Publications

  • Necromanticism: Traveling to Meet the Dead, 1750-1860* (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • William Wordsworth’s _Guide to the Lakes_: A Romantic Circles Electronic Edition.* Co-ed. with Nicholas Mason, Shanon Simpson. (Romantic Circles, 2015, 2020).
  • Transatlantic Literature and Author-Love in the Nineteenth Century.* Co-ed. with Ann W. Rowland. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


I was honored to receive the English Department Citizenship Award in 2018. I don’t remember, honestly, what efforts the citation singled out, but I was grateful for the affirmation, feeling that it meant that my colleagues knew that I was invested in our shared work to bless students in whatever capacity. Some service is formal and visible. Most of it isn’t. Each little effort matters.

Citizenship assignments

  • English Graduate Program Coordinator, 2018-2021.
  • Book Review Editor for the *Journal of British Studies*, 2014-2019.
  • London Centre Faculty Oversight Committee, 2016-2018.
  • Phi Kappa Phi Executive Committee (BYU chapter), 2011-2013.
  • English Society Advisor / English Symposium Organizer, 2009-2012.

Professional Website

Twitter: @EngProfPW