I have recently defended my VCRS-funded doctoral thesis in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent (Canterbury campus), which centers on violent language in early modern tragedies. Using both textual analysis and practice as research methods, my work explores the intersections of rhetoric and embodied performance in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English tragedies. My MA dissertation at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute explored the linguistic philosophy of Shakespeare’s curses. Further research interests include practice as research, weaponized words and verbal violence, and disease in early modern drama.
While at Kent I organized the postgraduate-led Coffee House seminars, an interdisciplinary series of workshops and discussions for early modernists at Kent; managed the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies’ social media accounts; and co-founded and edited the award-winning digital humanities project, MEMSlib
: a lockdown library for medieval and early modern studies.
As I continue my work on the embodied performance of the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, my focus is on making deeper connections between culture, history, religion, politics, and the bodies of the actor and audience. My interdisciplinary PhD in literature and drama stems in part from my background in education, as both a teacher and education events coordinator – I love helping children and adults discover new ideas through hands-on learning and active round-table discussions and workshops. This hands-on approach translated to the practice-based work that has informed my doctoral work.
My academic and public-facing work is, at its core, guided by my understanding of audiences. When I’m not thinking about theatrical audiences, I am focused on connecting with audiences online through my work as a social media coordinator. As an early career researcher with experience managing social media accounts and websites for conferences, universities, and professional bodies, I understand the unique digital, content, and networking needs of academic organizations. This same attention to an audience’s needs characterized my work as a co-founder and editor for MEMSlib.
If you’d like to talk about how to develop a relatable, research-oriented social media presence and content strategy or learn more about my academic work, get in touch!
PhD, University of Kent (Medieval and Early Modern Studies) – 2022
AFHEA, Higher Education Academy & University of Kent – 2019
MA (Distinction), University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute (Shakespeare Studies) – 2016
BA (Hon), Coe College (English Literature, History, Classical Studies) – 2013
Funding and Awards
- Graduate-Student Travel Grant, awarded as registration fee award (Shakespeare Association of America) – 2021
- Short list: Resilience in a Pandemic, awarded to a female PhD student who has shown herself to be resilient, resourceful, inspirational, and proactive in dealing with the extraordinary challenges of the Covid-19 crisis that have disrupted their doctoral research plans (Chapelgarth Estate) – 2021
- Physical Lockdown/Digital Freedom Award, for digital innovation (MEMSlib) during the Covid-19 pandemic (University of Kent) – 2020
- Short list: Graduate School Prize of Postgraduate Researcher, for excellent achievements and commitment to both research and the postgraduate research community (University of Kent) – 2020
- Short list: Graduate School Prize of Postgraduate Teacher, for excellence in and dedication to teaching (University of Kent) – 2020
- Above and Beyond Awards (3), nominated for teaching excellence by undergraduate students and awarded by Kent Union for going above and beyond expectations in your role (University of Kent) – 2020
- Conference Bursary, awarded to 6 delegates presenting papers related to Shakespeare’s contemporaries (The Society for Renaissance Studies and the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference) – 2018
- Vice-Chancellor’s Research Scholarship (University of Kent, School of English and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies) – 2017 – 2020
- STRATA Women’s Honors Society, awarded to 8 members of the graduating class for achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service (Coe College) – 2013
- Signi Falk English Award, for distinguished skill in written work (Coe College) – 2013