Richard Rambuss earned his BA at Amherst and PhD at Johns Hopkins. He joined the faculty at Brown in 2011 as Professor English. He became Chair of the English Department and Nicholas Brown Professor of Oratory and Belles Lettres in 2018.
He specializes in English Renaissance literature and cultural history. He also teaches and writes about film and photography. His books include The English Poems of Richard Crashaw (Minnesota, 2014); Closet Devotions (Duke, 1998); and Spenser's Secret Career (Cambridge, 1993; paperback 2006). He has recently completed a new book on the work of Stanley Kubrick.
Prior to coming to Brown, he taught at Emory University, where he also served as Chair of the English Department. In 2009 he was the Visiting Hudson Strode Professor of Early Modern Studies at the University of Alabama.