The University of Chicago will welcome Michael Saurez of the University of Virginia as its first visiting scholar in paleography and the book in the winter of 2022. The Chicago Visiting Scholar Program in Paleography and the Book will bring a guest professor to campus each quarter who specializes in manuscript history and reception, paleography, epigraphy, philology, codicology, the history of the book and readers, or the evolution of print culture. The visiting scholar will enrich the University’s academic community by teaching one course, delivering a public lecture, and participating in workshops related to their area of expertise. History faculty members Clifford Ando, Adrian Johns, and Ada Palmer were members the faculty committee that advised the development of this program.

Michael Suarez is University Professor, Professor of English, Director of the Rare Book School, and Honorary Curator of UVA Special Collections. He is a scholar of 18th- and 19th-century English literature, bibliography, and book history. He is Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (Oxford University Press, 2010–), and co-General Editor, The Oxford Companion to the Book; he has edited or coedited nine volumes, including The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (with Leslie Higgins, in progress), and he has authored many scholarly articles and book chapters. Suarez received his D.Phil. from Oxford (1999) and an M.Th. (1994) and M.Div. (1993) from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. While in Chicago he will teach a course titled "The Printed Book in the West: Evidence & Inference from Bibliography and Book History."

The Chicago Visiting Scholar Program in Paleography and the Book has been made possible by the support of Hanna Holborn Gray, former President of the University of Chicago and Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History.