Christopher MacGowan came to William and Mary in 1984. He recieved his B.A. (Honors) from Kings College, Cambridge University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. His service to the College has been notable: he has served as Acting Associate Director of the Reves Center (1998-1999), Chair of the English Department (2001-2006) and has directed the William and Mary Summer in Cambridge Program three times.
In 2011, he was the recipient of a Plumeri Award. He has written or edited eight books and numerous articles, working in the field of modernist poetry, particularly William Carlos Williams, as well as twentieth century American literature generally.
Currently, Professor MacGowan is the English Department's Director of Advising. He is preparing a Cambridge Companion to Williams for Cambridge University Press, due out early next year. His teaching interests also include expository writing and film.