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Dr. Jason Lotz

Assistant Professor of English
Department of English & Humanities
 Knapp Hall, room 42


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Purdue University
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, Purdue University
  • B.A., English, Azusa Pacific University


Dr. Lotz reads and writes about early modern England, tragedy, world literature, post-colonialism, and emotionality. As a comparatist, he enjoys connecting all the odd dots between genres, time periods, languages, and cultures. Whether it be imagining what a production of Hamlet might look like in Gabriel García Márquez's mythical Macondo or envisioning Medea as an episode of Snapped, all his research and teaching flows from this curiosity. His current research incorporates psychology studies related to compassion cultivation training (CCT), trauma studies, and contemplative mysticism to examine role of empathy in response to suffering.

Despite the serious themes of his scholarship, Dr. Lotz loves nothing more than friendly conversation and welcomes visits to his office hours. When not teaching or studying, he plays golf and soccer and is a committed fan of Liverpool FC.


  • "'Feel What Wretches Feel': Lear's Guide to Empathy and Intimacy." ACLA Conference. Cambridge, MA, 2016.
  • "From Babel to Abyss: Tragedy in Milton's Paradise Lost and Bolaño's 2666." ACLA Conference. Brown University, Providence, RI, 2012.
  • "A Mind of Winter: A Comparative Approach to Wisdom in The Wanderer." 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI 2011.
  • "Creating the Ghosts of Modernity: Magic and Memory in Hamlet and Cien Años de Soledad." Forum for World Literature Studies 2.2 (Aug. 2010): 227-235.
  • "The Art of Being Green: Spenser's Case for a More Temperate Union." Literature and Law Conference. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY, 2010.
  • "The Character of Memory: Fred D'Aguiar's Feeding the Ghosts and Edwidge Danticat's The Dew Breaker." MMLA Conference. Cleveland, OH, 2007.