Adam Potkay is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, Washington University, and the University of Aberdeen. His writings explore literature's connections to ethics, theology, and rhetoric. His most recent books are "The Story of Joy from the Bible to Late Romanticism" (Cambridge, 2007), awarded the Harry Levin Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association, and "Wordsworth's Ethics" (Johns Hopkins, 2012). While at Princeton he will be working on "Hope: A Literary History."