Dr. Philip Reckford
Professor of English Language and Literature/Letters
PhD, MA, University of North Carolina; BA, Harvard University
Philip Reckford was educated at nationally ranked Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and The University of North Carolina, where he earned the Ph.D. in English. He has taught at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and The University of Miami before coming to St. Thomas in 1974. Here he has offered a wide range of courses in British and American literature. Dr. Reckford has published articles on such topics as “Mark Twain in South Florida” and has delivered papers on art history and literature, such as his “Surrealism in Works by Dali, Kafka and e.e.cummings.” He participated in a folklore colloquium in Oxford, Mississippi that helped win a federal grant resulting in the St. Thomas Florida Studies curriculum. He has given public library presentations on the novelist James Jones for the Broward Library System and public lectures on varied topics at The University of Miami, the Harvard Club of Miami, and the Ransom Everglades School. He has taught in the St. Thomas Study Abroad in Spain and has advised the student yearbook (“Logos”), the literary magazine (“Driftwood”), the debate club, and the chess club. He initiated the men’s intercollegiate soccer team and was its coach and assistant coach for ten years. He also has traveled extensively to gather reading material and to research the authors he teaches.