"Robert Alwyn Petrie Hewison" is a United Kingdom/British Cultural history/cultural historian.

He was educated at Bedford School, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication/Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts/BA in 1965, Master of Arts (Oxbridge and Dublin)/MA in 1970, Master of Letters/MLitt in 1972, and Doctor of Letters/DLitt in 1989.

For most of his professional life he has made a living as a freelance writer and curator and he has written for The Sunday Times (UK)/The Sunday Times since 1981. Among his academic appointments he was Visiting Professor at De Montfort University from 1993 until 1995; he then held a number of appointments at the University of Lancaster as Professor in Literary and Cultural Studies (1995–2000), part-time Professor in the Department of English (2001). He was Slade Professor of Fine Art in the University of Oxford 1999/2000, lecturing on the subject 'John Ruskin/Ruskin To-day'. From 2005 to 2012 he was Professor of Cultural Policy and Leadership Studies at City University, London. Currently he is an Honorary Professor at the Ruskin Library/Ruskin Centre, Lancaster University.

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