Professor Robert O. Preyer (1922- ) is a professor emeritus of English and American literature at Brandeis University. He was the first chair of the university's English and American Literature Department and taught at Brandeis from 1954 until his retirement in 1997.
A scholar of Victorian literature and poetry, Preyer taught courses including: "Victorian Poetry and Poets"; "The Brontes, Eliot, and Austen"; and "Victorian Prose: Humor, Wit, Satire & Phantasy." His articles, which appeared in various literary journals, included the following titles: “Beyond the Liberal Imagination: Vision and Unreality in Daniel Deronda"; “Alfred Tennyson: The Poetry and Politics of Conservative Vision”; and “The Fine Delight that Fathers Thought”: Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Romantic Survival."
In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Professor Preyer was active in the creation of the university's Transitional Year Program and African and Afro-American Studies Department, both established in 1968.