John Shanahan earned his B.Phil. in English and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University. He joined the faculty at DePaul in 2002, where he teaches courses on the rise of the novel, early modern drama, and literature and science.
His research interests include seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English literature, the history of science and technology, science fiction, and digital humanities. Recent publications include essays on Margaret Cavendish and John Dryden.
He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in English (2007-2010) and Director of the Graduate Program in English (2010-2015). He currently directs the Certificate Program in Digital Humanities, and is the Associate Dean & Director of Liberal Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.