Professor David Lawton
- Post Nominals: FAHA
- Fellow Type: Corresponding Fellow
- Elected to the Academy: 1993
David Lawton received his MA. from Oxford and his Ph.D. from the University of York, where he held his first academic post in 1974-75. He moved to the University of Sydney in 1975, and stayed there as Reader in Early English Language Literature until 1992. From 1992-95 he was Professor and Head of English in the University of Tasmania, moving to England in 1995 to be Professor of English and Chair of Literature in the School of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. In 1998 he became Professor of English at Washington University, and was Chair from 2002-08. He was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1993, was Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge (2009), and was Leverhulme Visiting Professor of English at the University of Oxford (2009-10). Professor Lawton has published six books and many articles in English literary and cultural studies and in medieval studies.