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Head of English, Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Exeter

Andrew McRae is Head of Department and Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Department of English.

His publications include: God Speed the Plough: The Representation of Agrarian England, 1500-1660 (Cambridge, 1996); Literature, Satire and the Early Stuart State (Cambridge, 2004); Literature and Domestic Travel in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2009); and (as co-editor) ‘Early Stuart Libels: an edition of poetry from manuscript sources'. He was the Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded ‘Stuart Successions Project’ and 'The Poly-Olbion Project', and led the development of the Stuarts Online.

Professor McRae is a member of the AHRC Advisory Board, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a QAA institutional reviewer. At the end of 2012-13 he stepped aside from his role as Associate Dean, Education, in order to focus on his funded research projects. From 2014-15 he has served as Head of English. In that role, he maintains 'A Head of Department's Blog', and he tweets @McRaeAndrew.

Andrew has been involved in 'Exploring the Stuarts in a Digital Age', a film by Historyworks.


  • –present
    Head of English, University of Exeter