John Dixon Hunt is a foremost expert on landscape history of eighteenth-century England and France. In 2000, he was named Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture for accomplishments in this field. He is also an accomplished scholar of English literature, especially its intersection with the visual, which he has taught at schools including the University of Michigan, Vassar College, and Bedford College. Hunt has founded two academic journals, one on each of these specialties: Studies in the History of Gardens and Other Designed Landscapes and Word & Image. He is now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as the department chair of landscape architecture and regional planning until 2000.