Richard Sylvia’s primary area of interest is nineteenth-century British literature. He has written extensively on Tennyson and more recently on Thomas Hardy and Florence Henniker. His work has appeared in The Thomas Hardy Journal, English Literature in Transition, The Victorian Newsletter, The Journal of Narrative Technique, The Thomas Hardy Review . He has led several study abroad programs for Eastern students during the summer and taught as a visiting professor at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, the British campus of the University of Evansville.
Richard Sylvia has been an active community volunteer for several years, serving with the Coles County Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, as school board member for Charleston Unit School District #1, and most recently as an advocate with Champaign County and Coles County CASA.