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David Judkins

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Professor Emeritus


David Judkins has been at the University of Houston for thirty+ years. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Michigan State University where he specialized in Early Seventeenth-Century English Literature. Dr. Judkins teaches classes in Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Postcolonial Literature, and Travel Literature. He has on three occasions taught with the University of Pittsburgh's study abroad program, Semester at Sea, traveling around the world with students on the S.S. Universe-Explorer. He has written two books, "Ben Jonson's Non-Dramatic Works: A Reference Guide," and "An Astute Student's Guide to Study Abroad." In addition he has written several articles on Renaissance literature and travel literature which remain his primary research interests. In 2002 Dr. Judkins won a University Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2004 he won the Outstanding Teaching award in Distance Education. 


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • M.A., Eastern Michigan University
  • B.A., Ball State University

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Research Interests

Travel Literature, Postcolonial Literature

Current Project

Defining Disappointment: The Contentious Traveler

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Recent Courses

  • ENGL 3396, Literature of Travel and Exploration
  • ENGL 3306, Shakespeare's Major Works - Online

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