Simon Haines is Professor of English and Chairman of the English Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow and currently the Vice-President of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities and is also the Chair of the Organising Committee of the Chinese Universities Shakespeare Festival. Earlier appointments included Head of the School of Humanities and Head of the Department of English at the Australian National University. Professor Haines also served for a number of years with the Australian Foreign Service and the Office of National Assessments in Canberra and was for three years Chairman of the OECD Budget Committee in Paris.
Educated in the Middle East, England and Australia, Simon Haines graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal in English from the ANU. He won a Commonwealth Scholarship to Oxford where he wrote his DPhil on the poetry of P.B. Shelley.
Professor Haines is the author of the monographs Shelley's Poetry: The Divided Self and Poetry and Philosophy from Homer to Rousseau: Romantic Souls, Realist Lives (Macmillan/Palgrave, 1997, 2005); and Redemption in Poetry and Philosophy: Wordsworth, Kant and the Making of the Post-Christian Imagination (Baylor U.P., 2013). He is Editor of European Romanticism: A Reader (General Editor Stephen Prickett, Continuum, 2010, second paperback edition in press), which won the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for the best book on Romanticism published in 2010. He has written on Romantic and nineteenth-century literature and philosophy, on modern literary theory and on Shakespeare. His current research interests include models of the self in Romantic and post-Romantic poetry and philosophy, the concept of recognition in Shakespeare and Hegel, and the nature of value on the humanities.