Tom is the Director of the renowned Harry Ransom Center which houses one of the greatest collections of American and English literature in the United States. “Under the leadership of Tom Staley, the Ransom Center has become an American pantheon of literary and artistic luminaries,” said William Powers Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin. “The Center’s collections, which have grown tremendously during his tenure, are the crown jewels of our university. They enrich the cultural experience and illuminate the literary record for students and professors, for visiting researchers, and for the people of Texas and the world at large.”
Tom has written or edited 15 books on James Joyce, Italo Svevo, modern British women novelists, and modern literature in general. He is the founding editor of the James Joyce Quarterly, which he edited for 26 years. In 1990, he initiated Joyce Studies Annual,published under the auspices of the Ransom Center at The University of Texas Press until 2004. He currently edits a series on literary modernism at The University of Texas Press. Tom has written and spoken widely in the United States and Europe on literary subjects, libraries, the state of the humanities in contemporary culture, and the building of modern library collections.