Patrick Deane, PhD

Dean Patrick Deane
President & Vice-Chancellor
Professor of English & Cultural Studies


  • Profile

Patrick Deane became President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University on July 1, 2010. He is also a Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. Dr. Patrick Deane was born and raised in South Africa. He attended the University of Witwatersrand, reading English and Law, and then undertook graduate studies in Canada at the University of Western Ontario, where he completed an MA (1980) and PhD (1985) in the Department of English. He taught at the University of Toronto before returning to take up a full time position in the Department at the University of Western Ontario in 1988. At Western, Dr. Deane was active in the graduate program, directly supervising seven PhD dissertations and six MA theses. Dr. Deane's own scholarly work, which has been funded by various agencies, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, focuses on twentieth‐century British literature, culture, and politics, with special reference to the British Left in the period 1914‐1945. His publications include one edited collection, History in Our Hands: A Critical Anthology of Writings on Literature, Culture and Politics from the 1930s (1998), the monograph At Home in Time: Forms of Neo‐Augustanism in Modern English Poetry (1994), and numerous scholarly articles on a range of figures and issues related to this era. Dr. Deane’s research excellence was recognized in 1988, when he was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize in Literature. His 1994 monograph, At Home in Time, which explores the poetry of twentieth century English writers such as T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and Charles Tomlinson, was shortlisted for the Raymond‐Klibansky Book Prize, awarded by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities.