John Leeds earned his MA and PhD as a major in British Renaissance Literature, minor in Classics, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. At FAU he teaches a variety of courses in British, Biblical, and Classical literature, and in the Latin language. His area of scholarly research is the relation between Latin and the European vernaculars in 16th-century prose composition. In this area he has published the following articles: “Against the Vernacular: Ciceronian Formalism and the Problem of the Individual,” in the Spring 2004 issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (University of Texas at Austin), and “Sleeping Beauty, or In Praise of the Passive Voice: Renaissance Chronicles and the Subject of Production,” in the May 2007 issue of Modern Philology (University of Chicago). His study of the relationship between Latin and the Scots vernacular in the chronicle literature of 16th-century Scotland,
Renaissance Syntax and Subjectivity: Ideological Contents of Latin and Vernacular in Scottish Prose Chronicles
, was published by Ashgate in February 2010. His next project is a book on Latin and the vernacular in the controversial literature of the English Reformation.