Steven Knapp

President Emeritus and Professor, George Washington University

Steven Knapp is president emeritus and university professor of English at the
George Washington University. A specialist in English Romanticism, literary theory,
and the relation of literature to philosophy and religion, Dr. Knapp taught at the
University of California, Berkeley before serving as dean of arts and sciences and
then provost of the Johns Hopkins University. During his tenure as GW president
(2007-2017), his priorities included enhancing the university’s partnerships with
neighboring institutions, expanding the scope of its research, strengthening its
worldwide community of alumni, enlarging its students’ opportunities for public
service, and leading its transformation into a model of urban sustainability. He has
served on numerous boards and councils and is a fellow of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member
of the Modern Language Association.  In April 2019, he was elected chair of the
Board of Directors of the Institute for Ecological Civilization. The author of three
books and numerous articles, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Yale University
and his master’s and doctoral degrees at Cornell University.