Gerard Wegemer Ph.D.

Gerard Wegemer, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Phone: (972) 721-5327


Office: Braniff Graduate Building #310

Gerard Wegemer received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is heavily involved in research on Thomas More, Shakespeare, and the English Renaissance. 


B.A. Assumption College, Philosophy
M.A. Boston College, Political Science
M.A. Georgetown University, English
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, English


Dr. Gerard B. Wegemer is a professor in the English Department at the University of Dallas and since 2000 the founding director of the Center for Thomas More Studies. (See He co-edited The Essential Works of Thomas More, published in 2020 by Yale University Press, with a supporting website at  He serves as an editor of Moreana, the international journal on Thomas More and his times, and helps organize a yearly conference on More (  Among his publications are Young Thomas More and the Arts of Liberty (Cambridge University Press, 2011, 2013), Thomas More’s Trial by Jury: A Procedural and Legal Review (Boydell Publishers, 2011, 2013), A Thomas More Source Book (Catholic University of America Press, 2004, 2020), Thomas More on Statesmanship (Catholic University of America Press, 1996, 1998), and Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage (Scepter Publishers, 1995). He supervised the completion of online concordances indexing all of Thomas More’s works individually and cumulatively. He regularly teaches an interdisciplinary course on Thomas More, in addition to graduate courses on Shakespeare and on Early Modern England. 

  • Shakespeare
  • Early Modern Literature
  • The English Renaissance
  • Thomas More
  • Perspectives on the Renaissance
  • Thomas More
  • Shakespeare
  • English Renaissance


  • The Essential Works of Thomas More. Co-edited with Stephen W. Smith. Yale UP, 2020.
  • Young Thomas More and the Arts of Liberty.  Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Thomas More's Trial by Jury:  A Procedural and Legal Review.  Edited by Henry Ansgar Kelly, Louis Karlin, and Gerard B. Wegemer.  Boydell & Brewer, 2011.
  • Thomas More Source Book. Co-edited with Stephen W. Smith. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, July, 2004.
  • Thomas More on Statesmanship. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America, 1996.
  • Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage. Princeton, NJ: Scepter Publishers, 1995.


  •  "Thomas More on the 'usefulness' of Liberal Education." Moreana 218 (Dec. 2022): 243-53.
  • "Utopia: Entering the Fortress of Europe's Warrior Culture." Moreana 211 (June 2019): 42-66.
  •  "Thomas More's "rule" of pleasure before, after, and in Utopia." Moreana 207 (June 2017): 36-56.
  • "Thomas More, Liberty, Law, and Good Rule." In Thomas More:  Why Patron of Statesmen?  Edited by Travis Curtright. Lexington Books, 2015.
  • "The 'secret of his heart': What Was Thomas More's?" Moreana 199-200 (June 2015): 45-60.
  • "Thomas More on Tyranny: What is Distinctive in His Early Thematic and Literary Treatment?" Moreana 189-190 (December 2012): 141-55.
  • "England's Civil Wars: Young Thomas More's Assessment and Solutions." Moreana nos. 183-184 (June 2011): 125-59.
  • "Sir Thomas More, St." New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2010 (Detroit: Gale, 2010): Vol. 2, 824-831.
  • "What Holbein and Lockey Captured in The Family of Sir Thomas More: A Family 'furnished for the whole scope of human life.'" Moreana 173 (June 2008): 102-115.
  • "Thomas More's History of King Richard III: Educating Citizens for Self-Government."Thomas More Studies 2 (2007): 38-48.
  • "Henry VIII on Trial: Confronting Malice and Conscience in Shakepeare's All Is True." Renascence52.2 (Winter 2000): 111-130.
  • "The Civic Humanism of Thomas More: Why Law Has Prominence over Rhetoric." Ben Jonson Journal 7 (2000): 187-198.
  • "Why Would a Christian Participate in Civic Life?: The Case of Thomas More." [On Book 1 of Utopia]. Logos 2.4 (Fall 1999): 68-81.
  • "The Political Philosophy of Sir Thomas More." In Saints, Sovereigns, and Scholars, ed. Robert A. Herrera, 135-145. NY: Peter Lang, 1993.
  • "The City of God in Thomas More's Utopia." Renascence 44.2 (Winter 1992): 115-135.
  • "Ciceronian Humanism in More's Utopia" Moreana 104 (Dec. 1990): 5-26.
  • "The Rhetoric of Opposition in Thomas More's Utopia: Giving Form to Competing Philosophies."Philosophy and Rhetoric 23.4 (Winter 1990): 288-306.
  • "Thomas More's Dialogue of Comfort: A Platonic Treatment of Statesmanship." Moreana nos.101-102 (May 1990): 55-64.