Dr. John Morillo is Associate Professor of English at NC State University. He received his BA in English from Reed College in 1982, his MA from the University of Chicago in 1985, and his PhD from Chicago in 1994. He has been teaching at NC State since 1993. He is the author of The Rise of Animals and Descent of Man, 1660-1800: Posthumanism in British Literature between Descartes and Darwin (forthcoming Delaware/Rowman & Littlefied, December 2017) and Uneasy Feelings: Literature, the Passions and Class from Neoclassicism to Romanticism (AMS 2001). This book developed ideas of literature as having universal applicability by being the genre for expressing shared human passions, and the consequences of that idea arising in a culture simultaneously developing a strongly divided class society. A specialist in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic British literature, he has published on Alexander Pope, John Dennis, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Robert Southey, Elizabeth Inchbald, and Jane Austen, and wrote the entry on poetic enthusiasm in Blackwell’s Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry (2006). His scholarship has focused on interdisciplinary animal studies and the cultural roots of posthumanism in the west; the cultural history of emotions in early modern Britain; the historical relationship between the two primary genres in the field of English studies—literature and literary criticism—and the cultural contexts in which those genres emerged and mutated in early modern Britain, from the later 17th-century into the early 19th-century.
In 2013 he won major teaching awards at department, college, and university levels, including the Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, placing him into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers. In 2012 he won both the Faculty Advisor Award for NC State, and received the Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Faculty Advising from the National Association of College Academic Advisors. He has twenty-five years of experience teaching at both the University of Chicago and NC State. He has been a member of the governing board of the First Year Inquiry Program, Director of Graduate Studies in English, and frequent participant in the University and English Honors Programs. He has regularly taught all ranks, from first-years to graduate students. His MA Graduate Students have been placed at competitive doctoral programs throughout the country, including University of California Davis, University of Colorado, University of Washington, University of Florida, University of Kentucky, Bowling Green, University of St. Louis, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
He is originally from New Orleans, but has lived and worked in Portland and Chicago, and has traveled throughout the United States and Western Europe before settling in Raleigh. He is married to Andrea Atkin, who also works at NC State University in Exploratory Studies, and they have a son, William, who is a senior as Broughton High School. His hobbies are many and include playing music, playing tennis, fly-fishing, building ponds and water features, and helping to take care of the household menagerie of pets.
B.A. English Reed College 1982
M.A. English Literature University of Chicago 1985
Ph.D. 18th Century and Romantic British Literature University of Chicago 1994