Patrick Vincent has been professor of English and American literature at the University of Neuchâtel since 2004. Originally from the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland, he grew up in Great Britain and the United States, where he received a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Davis. He has also taught at UC Davis and at the Universities of Fribourg and of Lausanne. From 2011 to 2013, he served as dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and he was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley in 2013-14.
His research interests focus mainly on the long Romantic period, from Rousseau to Ruskin (1750-1850), and include: landscape aesthetics; travel literature; cultural exchanges between Great Britain, Europe and America; women's writing; history of the Alps; literature and political theory, especially republicanism; literature and environment; lyric theory; and twentieth-century American poetry.
He has published among others on Rousseau, Wordsworth, Byron, Helen Maria Williams, Charlotte Smith, Percy and Mary Shelley, Letitia Landon, Felicia Hemans, John Ruskin, James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Gary Snyder.
In 2012, he co-organized the twentieth annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference at Neuchâtel. He is currenty finishing a monograph on British representations of Switzerland in the Romantic period, tentatively titled Romanticism, Republicanism, and Switzerland and working on several other projects, among them the Swiss Guestbook Project, which aims to research and preserve extant historic guestbooks in Switzerland. He was also recently elected the president of the Association Culturelle pour le Voyage en Suisse. and served as scientific expert for the "Byron is Back!" exhibit at Chillon Castle from May to August 2016.
Patrick Vincent's books include The Romantic Poetess. European Culture, Politics and Gender 1820-1840 (2004), American Poetry: Whitman to the Present (co-edited with Robert Rehder, 2006), La Suisse vue par les écrivains de langue anglaise (2009), Chillon: A Literary Guide (2010), a scholarly edition of Helen Maria Williams, A Tour of Switzerland (with Florence Widmer-Schnyder, 2011), and, most recently, an edited collection of essays entitled Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects (with Angela Esterhammer and Diane Piccitto, 2015).