Andrew J. Newell BA (Hons) (Lpool), MSt, DPhil (Oxon) is the Junior Research Fellow (J.R.F.) in Literature & Theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and holds the post of J.R.F. at the Oxford University English Faculty.
Andrew arrived in Oxford in 2016 as the first English student at Wycliffe Hall. He completed his MSt in 2017, and his DPhil in 2022. His doctoral research was the first comprehensive study of the hymns of the English poet and man of letters, William Cowper (1731-1800).
Prior to his appointment as the Hall’s first J.R.F. in 2021, in 2019 Andrew was appointed ‘Wycliffe Hall Inkling Scholar for Literature and Theology’. His research and teaching interests in the area of literature and theology are broad, and he has delivered lectures at Wycliffe Hall and elsewhere on topics and authors as diverse as late-eighteenth-century poetry, hymnology, museology, T. S. Eliot, Matthew Arnold, Charles Wesley, Elizabeth Bowen, and Frederick Buechner.
2025. ‘Theology and Verse’, Oxford History of Poetry in English Vol 6: Eighteenth-Century Poetry, ed. Christine Gerrard and Corrina Readioff, general editor Patrick Cheney (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
2020. ‘Hymns and Spiritual Songs: ecumenical in practice?’, Publishing History, Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, Vol. 82.
2018, ‘James Joyce’s Catholic Categories: towards a religious spiritual discourse’, Liverpool Postgraduate Journal of Irish Studies (January, 2018)