- Guggenheim Fellow (1994)
Lawrence Clopper was emeritus professor of English in the College of Arts and Science at IU Bloomington. He obtained a B.A. in English from John Hopkins University in 1963 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University in 1965 and 1969 respectively. He joined the faculty of IU Bloomington in 1969 as an assistant professor of English. He was promoted from assistant to associate professor in 1975, received tenure and was appointed to the graduate school faculty in 1976, and promoted from associate professor to professor in 1981. He received the additional title of director of the Medieval Studies Institute in 1991 and served in this position from 1991 to 1994, from 1995 to 1998, and again from 2002 to 2003. He also served as director of medieval studies from 1995 to 2003. After 35 years at IU, he retired on December 31, 2004 with the title of professor emeritus of English.
Over the course of his career, Clopper wrote over 40 journal articles, 25 book reviews, 3 monographs, co-edited a volume of essays, and presented numerous conference papers. He has received funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society. He was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in medieval literature in 1994 and took a leave of absence from IU for the 1994-1995 academic year to do research. He was a member of the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society and was awarded their David Bevington Award for best new book on early drama for his 2001 book, Drama, Play and Game: English Festive Culture in the Medieval and Early Modern Period.