Faculty Expert Profile

William Egginton

  • Decker Professor in the Humanities
  • Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute


  • Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Languages spoken

  • English

William Egginton's research and teaching focus on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. He can offer perspective on trends involving books, TV and movies, particularly anything in the horror genre, including zombie, vampire, slasher and monster stories.

Classes he teaches include: Great Books at Hopkins and The Invention of Fiction. His latest book, "The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity, Inequality, and the Future of Community," considers the identity liberalism on university campuses and argues that individual freedom has always only been possible in the context of the larger community.

He is also the author of "The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World" (Bloomsbury, 2016).

Recent coverage

Academic Tenture is Broken
/ New Republic
Man in the Middle
/ Johns Hopkins Magazine

Hub coverage

Our imperiled democracy
Published Winter 2018
A conversation with William Egginton about the future of American democracy / Johns Hopkins Magazine
What 'Don Quixote' teaches us
Published Sept 29, 2016
William Egginton discusses the remarkable life of Miguel de Cervantes and how it shaped his timeless tale, 'Don Quixote'

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