Ertegun Staff and Scholar Profiles

Namratha Rao

MSt in English | 2015 Graduate

In my year as an Ertegun Scholar I completed the MSt in English, 1550 – 1700. I worked variously on Shakespeare and early modern models of self-knowledge, Thomas Traherne and the problems of editing and Wordsworth’s poetry of self-involution for the first half of the year. I then wrote a dissertation on Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, concerned with the relation between Spenserian allegory and the idea of ‘the human’, focusing particularly on Florentine humanist accounts and the more appetitive anthropologies of the Reformed tradition. I am now a DPhil student at St John’s College, Oxford where I am pursuing a similar line of research through Spenser and Milton. 

I felt extremely privileged to be an Ertegun scholar, and to be able to access the House’s incomparable facilities and diverse community. The programme has generously permitted me to continue to be an active part of the Ertegun community as I work toward the doctorate.


2012: Gibbs Prize in English (Prelims, University of Oxford)

2012: Scholarship (Brasenose College, Oxford)

2014: Gibbs Prize for the best overall performance in English (Course I, Final Honour School, University of Oxford)

2014: Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship

2015: Clarendon + Kendrew Scholarship (University of Oxford/ St. John’s College)

2016: North Senior Scholarship (St. John’s College)