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English literature educator

Paul Roland Sellin, American English literature educator. Hendrick Willem Van Loon fellow, 1959-1960; Roosevelt University fellow, Amsterdam, 1963-1964; grantee American Philosophical Society, 1970s, 1980s, American Council of Learned Societies, 1970s. 1980s; Fulbright travel grantee, 1980, National Endowment of the Humanities grantee, 1973, 82, 89.


Sellin, Paul Roland was born on November 14, 1930 in Everett, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Petrus and F. Amelia (Josephson) Sellin.


Bachelor, Washington State University, Pullman, 1952; Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1955; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1963.


From lecturer to professor Roosevelt University, Chicago, 1959-1966. From assistant professor to professor University of California at Los Angeles, 1966-1993, distinguished professor emeritus, since 1993. Co-founder, past chair Netherlandic studies program, international overseas programs University of California at Los Angeles.

Visiting professor, visiting scholar Vrije University, Amsterdam, 1980-1981, professor English literature after 1500, 1981-1988. Visiting scholar Stockholm University, 1993. With 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Division United States Army, 1952-1954, Korea.


School board Bethel Lutheran Church, Encino, California, 1989-1991, 95—. President American Scandinavian Foundation, Thousand Oaks, California, 2003-2005. Board directors Scandinavian-American Cultural and History Foundation, Thousand Oaks, California 1st lieutenant, infantry United States Army, 1952-1954, Korea.

Member Modern Language Association, American Association for Netherlands Studies (executive board), International Association for Neo-Latin Studies, American Association for Neo-Latin Studies, John Donne Society, Milton Society of America.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music (piano), outdoor activities, reading. E-mail: psellin@ucla.edu.


Married Agatha Weststrate, September 21, 1957. Children: Mark Eric, Christine Petra, Britt Amelia.

Petrus Sellin

F. Amelia (Josephson) Sellin

Agatha Weststrate

Christine Petra Sellin

Britt Amelia Sellin

Mark Eric Sellin