Stefan Collini

Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature

University of Cambridge

Stefan Collini  is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the British Academy.   He is also a frequent contributor to The Guardian, The London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, and other publications, as well as an occasional broadcaster.   Among his books, Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain (2006), a major analysis of the role of the intellectual and its place in British culture, received particularly widespread attention in both the academic world and the general media, while reviewers of his most recent collection of essays, Common Reading: Critics, Historians, Publics (2008), have described him as ‘one of Britain’s finest essayists and writers’.   What Are Universities For? was published by Penguin in early 2012.