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Ed Steidle

Ed Steidle began his graduate studies of comparative literature at Johns Hopkins University and went on to earn his MA and doctorate at UC-Berkeley. Since joining the Stanford faculty in 1984, he has taught in various departments of the University, offering courses in the English department, the Western Culture program, the Literature and the Arts track of the English department, and the Graduate Program in the Humanities. He also developed the successful Crossroads series for the Continuing Studies program. He has focused his studies on the cultures of the medieval period across Eurasia, in particular on the comparative aspects of their literatures and arts. He is also conducting research on the epic traditions of Europe, Persia, India and Japan. Most recently he has taught a series of classes on the European Renaissance and its impact on non-Western cultures. Ed is a popular faculty leader who has led more than 40 Travel/Study trips.

"Ed is superb. The ideal combination of intellectual, engaged, friendly, and topical both in his lectures and informal conversations. Approachable and involved. A true member of the group."

Lauren Post, '79, MBA,' 90, The Nile, 2018

  • Joined Stanford faculty in 1984
  • Has taught in Stanford's English department, graduate program in the humanities and Continuing Studies program
  • Creator of the Crossroads and the Making of the Modern World series for Stanford’s Continuing Studies program
Academic History:
  • BA, English Literature and Eastern philosophy, Franklin and Marshall College
  • MA, comparative literature, and PhD, medieval comparative literature, UC-Berkeley