Dr. Lance Wilder (B.A., Furman University; M.A., Baylor University; PhD, University of Georgia, with Visiting Post-Graduate study at University of Oxford), Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of British & Irish Studies at UGA, specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, both Romantic and Victorian, but teaches a range of courses both in and out of that period. Recently, he has published "Un-Gypsying the Gypsies: Arnold’s Wandering Metaphor of Time," on Matthew Arnold's and William Wordsworth's evolving uses of the Gypsy figure (Philological Quarterly) and presented work at conferences in the U. S., Italy, and Scotland. He is currently working on several projects, including a book on Gypsies in nineteenth-century British poetry. He has also been a resident faculty instructor and mentor for the UGA @ Oxford program. In addition to more general matters of Romantic and Victorian literature and culture, his teaching and research interests include exotic and racial otherness in British literature, religion, intersections of the literary and (particularly Renaissance) visual arts, and food and culture.
He is currently a representative of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences to the UGA University Council. On the University Council, he also currently serves on the standing Committee on Facilities and also on the Executive Committee. He is currently an At-Large Member of the Executive Committee of Phi Kappa Phi Interdisciplinary Honor Society (UGA Chapter) and has served on a variety of commissions and boards of directors for local non-profit organizations.