Faculty Research Achievement Award

ASU Foundation Professor of English; Guggenheim Fellow; National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar; author of a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book, Nonfiction.


A world-renowned literary scholar, Devoney Looser has been a professor of English at ASU since 2013 and a Foundation Professor since 2018. She has authored and edited nine books, including “The Daily Jane Austen: A Year of Quotes” and “The Making of Jane Austen,” a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book, Nonfiction. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar in 2018, in support of her forthcoming biography, “Sister Novelists: Jane and Anna Maria Porter,” to be published by Bloomsbury in 2021.

In addition to her prolific career as a literary historian and critic, Looser is a widely published essayist, with pieces in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Entertainment Weekly, Slate and Salon. She has served as a quoted authority for CNN, The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal and has given local, national and international video and radio interviews.

The recipient of ASU’s Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities in 2016, Looser teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in 18th- and 19th-century British literature, women’s writings and Jane Austen. She is a sought-after speaker who has delivered keynote addresses and invited lectures at The British Academy, the National Portrait Gallery (London), the Sorbonne, the Jane Austen Society of North America and the National Library of Australia.

An acclaimed researcher, Looser has received a number of awards, including two Choice Outstanding Academic Title designations, and fellowship support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the National Humanities Center and several research libraries in the U.S. and the U.K.