- Bicentennial Medal (2020)
- Guggenheim Fellow (1994)
Paul Strohm joined the faculty at IU Bloomington as a lecturer in English in 1965. He was promoted from assistant to associate professor in 1968, associate to full professor in 1973, and was named chairperson of the Department of English in 1979. He retired from IU in 1999 with the title of professor emeritus of English. During his time at IU, he received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Medieval Literature (1994) and was departmental chair and president of the University Faculty Council. Strohm held the position of J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford from 1999 to 2003, where he was also chair of the English faculty from 2001 to 2003.
Strohm is currently the Anna S. Garbedian Professor Emeritus of the Humanities in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He joined the faculty there in the fall of 2003. His area of principal interest is medieval literature with a recent emphasis on transitions from ‘medieval’ to ‘early modern.’ His teaching and research have concerned the ‘affiliated text,’ with special attention to textuality and history and to genre and social change.
A selection of Strohm’s written works include: Social Chaucer (Harvard, 1989, 1994); Hochon’s Arrow: The Social Imagination of Fourteenth-Century Texts (Princeton, 1992); England’s Empty Throne: Usurpation and Textual Legitimation, 1399-1422 (Yale UK, 1998); Theory and the Premodern Text (Minnesota, 2000); Politique: Languages of Statecraft Between Chaucer and Shakespeare (Notre Dame, 2005). He has also held various national offices and posts with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
In 2020, Paul Strohm was presented the Bicentennial Medal for his distinguished service to Indiana University.