Family of Stonehill Alumnus Anthony Ellis ’89 Create Post-Graduation Fellowship in His Honor

January 9, 2015


The family of Anthony Ellis, who passed away last January after a battle with leukemia, has created a post-graduation fellowship in his honor at Stonehill where he graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Ellis went on to earn a master’s degree in English from the University of Richmond and his doctorate at Loyola University in Chicago.

At the time of his death, Ellis was an associate professor of Renaissance literature at Western Michigan University where he began teaching in 2005. Before his arrival there, he spent time teaching at the University of California in Santa Barbara and prior to that, taught a two-semester survey course at Stonehill in 2001.

In his vigorously productive academic career, Ellis taught courses in Shakespeare and the history of drama, lectured in Asia and Europe, and received a Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship. He served as an associate editor of the journal Comparative Drama and published the monograph Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Drama. His articles on Renaissance drama appeared in Forum Italicum, Studi veneziani, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and The Ben Jonson Journal.

Ellis was adventurous in his pursuits, diverse in his interests, and willing to experiment with different pathways before homing in on his academic career. It is in honor of the life of him and his spirit of meaningful adventure and mindful exploration that his parents, Bob and Christine Ellis, have established the memorial fund in his honor.

The Anthony Ellis Post-Graduation Fellowship will provide a financial stipend and institutional support to assist a graduating English major in launching his/her post-graduation experience. There are no restrictions on the type of project a student proposes, from scholarly work to service-oriented projects.

For more information about the Anthony Ellis Post-Graduation Fellowship, visit here.