Bringing the Globe to Alabama

The Strode program is a privately endowed program to promote the study of early British literature and culture. The endowment provides for symposia and lectures by distinguished scholars and financial support for graduate study at The University of Alabama in the field of English Renaissance literature.

Hudson Strode served on the University of Alabama faculty from 1916 to 1963. He was a prolific author and celebrated teacher of Shakespeare and of creative writing. The Strode program was endowed by Professor Strode and his wife, Thérèse.

Focus: The Graduate Student

The intellectual work and educational activities sponsored by the Strode Program, from fellowships to lecture series, from the Strode Seminar to summer research awards, converge upon a single focus: the graduate student. We have a lively and talented group of students specializing in English Renaissance literature in preparation for careers in colleges and universities, or for other professional or personal goals. The faculty is committed not only to teaching students but also to mentoring them, fostering a community of future scholars.

Our students have won departmental and college awards for teaching and they have won university-wide fellowships for dissertation research. Strode MA students have entered PhD programs at places such as Emory, Yale, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and others have gone on to earn advanced degrees in law, library science, and business administration. We also have an excellent record of placing our PhD graduates in tenure-track professorships and other full-time careers. Recent graduates have joined the faculty at Alvernia University, Plymouth State University, Mercer University, Piedmont Valley Community College, and Youngstown State University.