Profile Dr. Andrew Shields
Andrew Shields came to the English Department as a language teacher in 1995; these days, he teaches academic writing, creative writing, literary translation, and seminars on poetry, literature, and film. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he grew up in Michigan, California, Ohio, and England. He received a BA in English from Stanford University in 1987 and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He is a translator from German and French into English, primarily of poetry but also of fiction, philosophy, and criticism of art and literature. His own original poetry in English has been published widely; the collection Thomas Hardy Listens To Louis Armstrong was published in 2015 (Eyewear Publishing, London). He is also a guitarist, mandolinist, and songwriter; his band Human Shields has released an album (Somebody's Hometown, 2015) and an EP (Défense de jouer, 2016). He lives in Basel with his wife and their three children.