Gerard Wegemer, Ph.D,

Gerard Wegemer received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is heavily involved in research on Thomas More, Shakespeare, and the English Renaissance. 

Education

B.A. Assumption College, Philosophy
M.A. Boston College, Political Science
M.A. Georgetown University, English
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, English

Professional Experience

  Dr. Gerard B. Wegemer is a professor in the English Department at the University of Dallas and since 2000 the founding director of the Center for Thomas More Studies. (See www.thomasmorestudies.org.) He is currently co-editing the Essential Works of Thomas More, scheduled for publication in 2018 by Yale University Press, and he serves as an editor of Moreana, the international journal on Thomas More and his times. Among his recent publications are Young Thomas More and the Arts of Liberty (Cambridge University Press, 2011, 2013), Thomas More’s Trial by Jury: A Procedural and Legal Review (Boydell Publishers, 2011, 2013), A Thomas More Source Book (Catholic University of America Press, 2004, 2008), Thomas More on Statesmanship (Catholic University of America Press, 1996, 1998), and Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage (Scepter Publishers, 1995). In 2014 he supervised the completion of twenty-six online concordances indexing all of Thomas More’s works individually and cumulatively. He regularly teaches an interdisciplinary course on “Thomas More: Renaissance and Reformation” in addition to graduate courses on Shakespeare and on Early Modern England. He has master's degrees in political philosophy and in literature from Boston College and Georgetown University, and a doctorate in English literature from the University of Notre Dame.

Recent Courses

  • Literary Study I: Lyric
  • Shakespeare
  • Early Modern Literature
  • The English Renaissance
  • Thomas More
  • Perspectives on the Renaissance

Research Interests

  • Thomas More
  • Shakespeare
  • English Renaissance

Selected Publications

Books

  • The Essential Works of Thomas More.  Contract with Yale UP, forthcoming 2017-18.
  • Young Thomas More and the Arts of Liberty.  Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Thomas More's Trial by Jury:  A Procedural and Legal Review.  Edited by Henry Ansgar Kelly, Louis Karlin, and Gerard B. Wegemer.  Boydell & Brewer, 2011.
  • Thomas More Source Book. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, July, 2004.
  • Thomas More on Statesmanship. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America, 1996.
  • Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage. Princeton, NJ: Scepter Publishers, 1995.

Articles

  • "Thomas More, Liberty, Law, and Good Rule."  In Thomas More:  Why Patron of Statesmen?  Edited by Travis Curtright.  Lexington Books, 2015.
  • "The 'secret of his heart': What Was Thomas More's?"  Moreana 199-200 (June 2015): 45-60.
  • "Thomas More on Tyranny: What is Distinctive in His Early Thematic and Literary Treatment?"  Moreana 189-190 (December 2012): 141-55.
  • "England's Civil Wars:  Young Thomas More's Assessment and Solutions."   Moreana nos. 183-184 (June 2011): 125-59.
  • "Sir Thomas More, St."  New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2010 (Detroit: Gale, 2010): Vol. 2, 824-831.
  • "What Holbein and Lockey Captured in The Family of Sir Thomas More: A Family 'furnished for the whole scope of human life.'" Moreana no. 173 (June 2008): 102-115.
  • "Thomas More's History of King Richard III: Educating Citizens for Self-Government." Thomas More Studies 2 (2007): 38-48.
  • "Henry VIII on Trial: Confronting Malice and Conscience in Shakepeare's All Is True." Renascence52.2 (Winter 2000): 111-130.
  • "The Civic Humanism of Thomas More: Why Law Has Prominence over Rhetoric." Ben Jonson Journal 7 (2000): 187-198.
  • "Why Would a Christian Participate in Civic Life?: The Case of Thomas More." [On Book 1 of Utopia]. Logos 2.4 (Fall 1999): 68-81.
  • "The Political Philosophy of Sir Thomas More." In Saints, Sovereigns, and Scholars, ed. Robert A. Herrera, 135-145. NY: Peter Lang, 1993.
  • "The City of God in Thomas More's Utopia." Renascence 44.2 (Winter 1992): 115-135.
  • "Ciceronian Humanism in More's Utopia" Moreana no. 104 (Dec. 1990): 5-26.
  • "The Rhetoric of Opposition in Thomas More's Utopia: Giving Form to Competing Philosophies."Philosophy and Rhetoric 23.4 (Winter 1990): 288-306.
  • "Thomas More's Dialogue of Comfort: A Platonic Treatment of Statesmanship." Moreana nos.101-102 (May 1990): 55-64.