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



  • IN PREPARATION: The Theatrical Legacy of Thomas Middleton, 1624-2024, ed. by William David Green, Anna L. Hegland, and Sam Jermy

Book Chapters

  • IN PREPARATION: ‘”Villains, all three”: Object-led Violence in The Revenger’s Tragedy’, in Boundaries of Violence, ed. by Matt Carter and Samantha Dressel (Routledge)

  • IN PREPARATION: ‘Reconstructing The Sun in Aries: An Interview with Beyond Shakespeare’, in The Theatrical Legacy of Thomas Middleton, 1624-2024, ed. by William David Green, Anna L. Hegland, and Sam Jermy


Performance Reviews

Book Reviews

Blog Posts

Blog Posts



    • COR 1200: Intellectual Foundations (Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023) – Carthage College – instructor of record for seven first-year sections

    • Lecturing on EN692: Literature and Life: c. 1400-1700 (Spring 2020) – University of Kent, School of English – lecturer for Week 20, ‘Literature and Marriage’

    • Exam marking on EN694: Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama (Summer 2019) – University of Kent, School of English – contracted to mark final examination essay scripts.

    • EN692: Literature and Life: c. 1400-1700 (Spring 2019) – University of Kent, School of English – leading one second-year seminar group

    • EN694: Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama (Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019) – University of Kent, School of English – leading five second-year seminar groups

    • Shakespeare and World Literature (Autumn 2014, Spring 2015) – Christ Lutheran Academy (private school, Kenosha, WI) – convened one year-long 8th-grade course and one single-term 5th – 8th grade combined course

    Academic Events Experience

    Talks and Conferences

    • June 2022 – presented a paper titled “‘Two edg’d words’: Comic Violence and the Language of The Little French Lawyer,” as part of the 2022 Malone Society Conference

    • August 2021 – presented a paper titled “Skulls and Things: The Female Body as Object in Early Modern Revenge Drama,” as part of the virtual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference

    • November 2020 – presented on compiling resources, as part of the panel “Introducing MEMSLib – A postgraduate-led response to the pandemic in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent” (E-Quadrivium)

    • June 2020 – led a virtual workshop titled “Embodying Emotion in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore“, as part of MEMS Festival 2020 (University of Kent)

    • February 2020 – led a seminar titled “The MEMS PhD Experience”, as part of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies weekly research seminar series (University of Kent)

    • November 2019 – led a practice-as-research workshop titled “Masking and Unmasking in The Revenger’s Tragedy“, as part of the undergraduate module EN694, Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama (University of Kent)

    • October 2019 – presented a paper titled “‘A quaint piece of beauty’: Bodies as ‘Things’ in Early Modern Drama” as part of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies PhD in Progress research seminar.

    • July 2019 – co-organizer for the panel “Tangible and Invisible: Language and the Body on the Early Modern Stage“, and presented a paper titled “‘O blessed object’: Words, Bodies, and ‘Things’ in Early Modern Revenge Drama”, as part of the 2019 early modern conference (Durham University, IMEMS)

    • December 2018 – led a practice-as-research workshop titled “Violence and Embodied Performance on the Early Modern Stage,” as part of the Cultures of Performance research cluster. (University of Kent)

    • November 2018 – led a seminar titled “Reading Domestic Drama: ‘Tom Tyler and his Wife’,” which involved reading and discussion exploring slapstick violence in this anonymous play from the 1550-1560s. (University of Kent)

    • July 2018 – presented a paper titled “Resistance and Revenge in Webster’s Duchess of Malfi and Carey’s Tragedy of Mariam” as part of the Renaissance Drama (3) panel at the Authority, Gender and Social Relations Early Modern Studies Conference (Durham University, IMEMS)

    • June 2018 – presented a paper titled ‘Speaking Death and Dying Listening in Early Modern Revenge Tragedies’ as part of the ‘Death, Dismemberment and Plague’ panel at the British Graduate Shakespeare Conference (University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute)

    • February 2018 – presented a paper titled ‘Objectified Bodies in Middleton’s The Second Maiden’s Tragedy‘ as part of the London Shakespeare Centre and Shakespeare’s Globe Inaugural Graduate Conference, ‘Making Connections: Early Modern Texts and Cultures’. (King’s College London and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)

    • February 2018 – led a seminar titled “‘Be thou true’: Pronominal Address in Early Modern Drama,” which involved readings and discussion exploring the use of pronouns in 16th and 17th century dramatic texts. (University of Kent)

    • December 2017 – presented a paper titled ‘Wordborne Contagion in Troilus and Cressida‘ as part of a panel on ‘The breath, the sigh, and the senses,’ at the Oxford-Globe Forum for Medicine and Drama in Practice. (Green Templeton College, University of Oxford)

    • December 2016 – presented a paper titled ‘”Passion is Catching”: Grief and Public Mourning in Julius CaesarMuch Ado About Nothing, and King John‘ as part of the “Grief and Mourning” panel at the Globe Education Department’s Cultures of Mortality conference. (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)

    • July 2016 – presented a paper titled ‘”A Gift, I Warrant”: Power and Reciprocation in Timon of AthensKing Lear, and All’s Well That Ends Well‘ at Spectrum: Celebrating Interdisciplinary Research in Literature and Culture, a postgraduate conference focusing on work from within the schools of English, Drama, American, and Canadian Studies (EDACS), and the humanities more widely. (University of Birmingham)

    • June 2016 – presented a paper titled ‘”A Woman Well Reputed”: Portia’s Rhetoric in Julius Caesar‘ as part of the “Power of Rhetoric in Shakespearean Conflict” panel, at the 2016 British Graduate Shakespeare Conference. (University of Birmingham, Shakespeare Institute)

    • October 2011 – part of a panel presentation titled “Electronic Portfolios: Multiple Functions in Writing Center Staff Development” at the Fall 2011 Midwestern Writing Center Association conference. (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

    • November 2010 – as part of a team, gave a poster presentation on the results of Coe College’s Longitudinal Writing Across the Curriculum (LWAC) Study at the Fall 2010 International Writing Center Association conference. (Baltimore, MD)

    Freelance, Writing, and Volunteer Work

    • 2021 – present – Social media intern, Shakespeare Association of America

    • 2020 – present – Co-founder and editor, MEMSlib, University of Kent

    • 2019 – 2021 – Cataloguing Assistant, University of Kent Special Collections and Archives

    • 2018 – present – Peer Reviewer, The Shakespeare Institute Review

    • 2017 – 2019 – Social Media ghost writer, Americans of Conscience Action Checklist

    • 2017 – 2018 – Community Blogger, Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

    • 2016 – 2017 – Digital Administrative Consultant, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra

    • 2015 – 2017 – Teaching staff, preschool – 8th grade levels (Education department), Kenosha Public Museum

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences


    • March 2020 – speaking as part of a Research Forum, titled “A Kingdom For A Stage: Gender, Nation, and the Performance of Shakespeare’s Histories” (Shakespeare’s Globe, London) – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

    • March 2020 – presenting a paper titled “‘Thing Theory’ and its Application to Early Modern Tragedy”, as part of the Thinking | through | Things symposium hosted by the Kent Material Studies Network (University of Kent) – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

    • July 2020 – co-organizer for the panel “Props on the Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Stage”, and presenting a paper titled “Female Bodies as Objects in Early Modern Revenge Drama”, as part of the 2020 Society for Renaissance Studies conference (University of East Anglia) – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

    • April 2021 – presenting a paper titled “‘Villains, all three’: Object-led Violence in The Revenger’s Tragedy” as part of the Boundaries of Violence seminar at the 2021 Shakespeare Association of America annual conference (online)


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