Dr. Jonathan Callis

Assistant Professor of English
Office Location Owens Hall, 204
Phone (Office) 405.585.4247
OBU Mailbox # 61307
Email jonathan.callis@okbu.edu


Jonathan Callis started at OBU as an assistant professor of English in the fall of 2015. He has a bachelor's degree from Rhodes College and a Ph.D. from Notre Dame. He started his teaching career at a small international school in Accra, Ghana, where he and his wife Amy taught a variety of subjects to students from all over the globe.

In his scholarship, Dr. Callis studies the connections between early modern philosophers like Locke and Hobbes and allegorical poets from Spenser to Coleridge. Besides reading and teaching, he and Amy stay busy chasing around their daughters Evangeline and Juliet and managing the chaos caused by their triplet sons, James, Joel, and Liam. He and his family attend City Presbyterian in OKC.


  • B.A., Rhodes College
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • Dissertation: Reading the Mind: Renaissance Allegory and Lockean Psychology in Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 1153: English Exposition and Argument
  • ENGL 1163: English Composition and Classical Literature
  • ENGL 2013, 2023: Western Civ I and II
  • ENGL 3123: Brit Lit Survey II - Restoration through Victorian Era
  • Christian Worldviews
  • Topics Courses on Satire and Utopian Literature

Publications and Presentations

“The Renaissance Richardson: Psychology and Allegory in Clarissa.” ASECS. Los Angeles. (2015)

“The Living Guide: Religious and Political Allegory in John Dryden’s The Hind and the Panther.” Conference on Christianity and Literature: Western Region. Westmont College. (2014)

“Counting the Cost of Slavery in William Cowper’s Abolitionist Poetry.” Conference for the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. Cleveland. (2013)


  • Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Phi Beta Kappa